Causative Caus"a*tive, a. [L. causativus pertaining to a lawsuit (causa), but in the English sense from E. cause.] 1. Effective, as a cause or agent; causing. [1913 Webster]

Causative in nature of a number of effects. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. Expressing a cause or reason; causal; as, the ablative is a causative case. [1913 Webster]

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