present +‎ -ative


  • IPA(key): /pɹəˈzɛntətɪv/
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presentative (comparative more presentative, superlative most presentative)

  1. Capable of being directly known by, or presented to, the mind; intuitive; directly apprehensible, as objects; capable of apprehending, as faculties.
  2. (ecclesiastical, law) Having the right of presentation, or offering a clergyman to the bishop for institution.
    • 1796, William Blackstone, “Of Incorporeal Hereditaments”, in The Commentaries of Sir William Blackstone, Knight, on the Laws and Constitution of England:
      Advowsons are also either presentative, collative, or donative. An advowson presentative is where the patron hath a right of presentation to the bishop or ordinary, and moreover to demand of him to institute his clerk if he finds him canonically qualified: and this is the most usual advowson.
  3. Admitting the presentation of a clergyman.
    • 1723, Henry Spelman, “Tythes”, in The English Works of Sir Henry Spelman, Kt.[1], OCLC 228675476, page 141:
      And for the same Reason at the first it was holden, that they could not grant the Estates to any other, no more than the Incumbent of a Parsonage Presentative, who tho’ he may lease his Glebe and Tythes, yet can he not grant his Incumbency to any other, but must resign it ; and then the Patron and Bishop must make a new Incumbent.
  4. (grammar) Serving to present something, or draw it to the attention of the interlocutor.
  5. (obsolete) Representative, representing another, or representing a larger group.
    • 1659, Isaac Basier and Pierre Du Moulin, History of the English & Scotch Presbytery[2], page 72:
      The two Houses most humbly beseech their Soveraign Lord the King, and they qualifie themselves, the most humble and Loyal subjects of his Majestie, ’tis the Presentative Body of the Kingdome who speakes, and nothing by way of Complement but Duty
  6. Presenting or representing an idea in the mind.
    • 2003, Melissa Raphael, “Holiness in extremis: Jewish women’s resistance to the profane in Auschwitz”, in Stephen Barton, editor, Holiness: Past and Present[3], page 382:
      Now the face is a traditional metonym for divine presence in Jewish theology and, in its human form, the presentative image of God.


presentative (plural presentatives)

  1. (grammar) A construct that serves to present something, or draw it to the attention of the interlocutor.