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Adjective: privative  pri-vu-tiv
  1. Causing privation; depriving
  2. Consisting in the absence of something; not positive; negative
  3. Implying privation or negation; giving a negative force to a word; as, alpha privative; privative particles; applied to such prefixes and suffixes as a- , un-, non-, -less
Noun: privative  pri-vu-tiv
  1. A term indicating the absence of any quality which might be naturally or rationally expected
  2. That of which the essence is the absence of something

Derived forms: privatives

Encyclopedia: Privative