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- (linguistics) Of or pertaining to, or creating a word form denoting the negative attitude of the speaker.
- One of the most striking features of the vocabulary of Nishnaabemwin is the frequency that contemptive endings appear on basic (LEXICAL) noun forms, in other words, on noun stems that never occur without the contemptive suffix and which do not have salient contemptive force. —J. Randolph Valentine, Nishnaabemwin Reference Grammar, 2001.
contemptive (plural contemptives)