portative

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French portatif, corresponding to port +‎ -ative.

Adjective[edit]

portative (comparative more portative, superlative most portative)

  1. (now rare) Portable. [from 14th c.]
    • c. 1385, William Langland, Piers Plowman, I:
      Was neuere leef vpon lynde · liȝter þer-after / And portatyf and persant · as þe poynt of a nedle.
  2. (obsolete) Capable of holding up or carrying. [15th-19th c.]
    the portative force of a magnet, of atmospheric pressure, or of capillarity

Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

portative (plural portatives)

  1. (now chiefly historical) A portative organ.

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

portative

  1. feminine singular of portatif