See also: corrélative

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correlate +‎ -ive or cor- +‎ relative

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correlative (comparative more correlative, superlative most correlative)

  1. Mutually related; corresponding.
    • 1974, Thomas S. Szasz, chapter 12, in The Myth of Mental Illness, →ISBN, page 200:
      If we reinterpret these phenomena in terms of a consistently game-playing model of behavior, the need to distinguish between primary and secondary gains disappears. The correlative necessity to estimate the relative significance of physiological needs and dammed-up impulses on the one hand, and of social and interpersonal factors on the other, also vanishes. Since needs and impulses cannot be said to exist in human social life without specified rules for dealing with them, instinctual needs cannot be considered solely in terms of biological rules, but must also be viewed in terms of their psychosocial significance—that is, as parts of the game.

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correlative (plural correlatives)

  1. (formal) Either of two correlative things.
    Synonyms: equivalent, analogue
    • 1951, Hannah Arendt, “The Political Emancipation of the Bourgeoisie”, in The Origins of Totalitarianism (A Harvest/HBJ Book), new edition, San Diego, Calif., New York, N.Y.: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, published 1973, →ISBN, part 2 (Imperialism), page 131:
      The actual motivation for this separation was a curious mixture of arrogance and respect: the new arrogance of the administrators abroad who faced ‘backward populations’ or ‘lower breeds’ found its correlative in the respect of old-fashioned statesmen at home who felt that no nation had the right to impose its law upon a foreign people.
  2. (grammar) A pro-form; a non-personal pronominal, proadjectival, or proadverbial form

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  1. feminine plural of correlativo