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From Late Latin dēnōminātīvus, a calque of Ancient Greek παρώνυμος (parṓnumos, derivative). It originally had the meaning “derived”,[1] but in its grammatical sense, it has developed the meaning “from a noun”, perhaps a reinterpretation of the Latin morphemes that it consists of: the preposition (from) and the stem of nōmen (name, noun).

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denominative (not comparable)

  1. Being a name.
    • 1885, William Philo Clark, The Indian Sign Language, page 283:
      From the fact that this was the most noticeable feature in their costume, the name came naturally to be the denominative term of the tribe.
  2. Possessing, or capable of possessing, a distinct denomination or designation; denominable.
    • 1678, J. Hawkins, Cocker's Arithm., ii. 29:
      The least denominative part of time is a second.
  3. (grammar) Deriving from a noun, or from an adjective, such as the verb destruct from the noun destruction.

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denominative (plural denominatives)

  1. A word, often a verb, that is derived from a noun or adjective.

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  1. ^ denominative, adj. and n.”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, November 2016.

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Adjective edit

denominative f pl

  1. feminine plural of denominativo

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Adjective edit


  1. vocative masculine singular of dēnōminātīvus