-ive

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See also: ive, īve, IVE, and I've

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From Middle English -yf, from Anglo-Norman -if (feminine -ive), from Latin -īvus. Until the fourteenth century all Middle English loanwords from Anglo-Norman ended in -if (compare actif, natif, sensitif, pensif etc.), and under the influence of literary Neo-Latin both languages introduced the form -ive. Those forms that have not been replaced were subsequently changed to end in -y (compare hasty, from hastif, jolly, from jolif etc.).

Like the Latin suffix -iō (genitive -iōnis), the Latin suffix -ivus is appended to the perfect passive participle to form an adjective of action.

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-ive

  1. An adjective suffix signifying relating or belonging to, of the nature of, tending to, or serving to; as: affirmative, active, conclusive, corrective, diminutive.

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French[edit]

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-ive f

  1. female equivalent of -if

Latin[edit]

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-īve

  1. vocative masculine singular of -īvus

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-ive

  1. Alternative form of -yf