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portative

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

AdjectiveEdit

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 termsEdit

NounEdit

portative (plural portatives)

  1. (now chiefly historical) A portative organ.

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PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

portative

  1. feminine form of portatif