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Privative definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PRIV'ATIVE, a. Causing privation.
1. Consisting in the absence of something; not positive. Privative is in things, what negative is in propositions; as privative blessings, safeguard, liberty and integrity.
PRIV'ATIVE, n. That of which the essence is the absence of something. Blackness and darkness are privatives.
1. In grammar, a prefix to a word which changes its signification and gives it a contrary sense, as a, in Greek; unjust; un and in in English, as unwise, inhuman. The word may also be applied to suffixes, as less, in harmless.

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Date: 14th century constituting or predicating privation or absence of a quality <non- is a privative prefix> privatively adverb II. noun Date: 1588 a privative term, expression, or proposition; also a privative prefix or suffix

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 consisting in or marked by the loss or removal or absence of some quality or attribute. 2 (of a term) denoting the privation or absence of a quality etc. 3 Gram. (of a particle etc.) expressing privation, as Gk a- = 'not'. Derivatives: privatively adv. Etymology: F privatif -ive or L privativus (as PRIVATION)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Privative Priv"a*tive, a. [L. privativus: cf. F. privatif. See Private.] 1. Causing privation; depriving. 2. Consisting in the absence of something; not positive; negative. Privative blessings, blessings of immunity, safeguard, liberty, and integrity. --Jer. Taylor. 3. (Gram.) Implying privation or negation; giving a negative force to a word; as, alpha privative; privative particles; -- applied to such prefixes and suffixes as a- (Gr. ?), un-, non-, -less.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Privative Priv"a*tive, n. 1. That of which the essence is the absence of something. Blackness and darkness are indeed but privatives. --Bacon. 2. (Logic) A term indicating the absence of any quality which might be naturally or rationally expected; -- called also privative term. 3. (Gram.) A privative prefix or suffix. See Privative, a., 3.



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