Definition of denominative in English:



  • old-fashioned term for denominal
    • ‘Reproduction of the trademark's distinctive sign, if it is not strictly a denominative trademark.’
    • ‘In these cases, an examination in search of precedents is done through a classification specifically developed to the effect, rather than using the normal process applied in the same forms that for a denominative trademark.’
    • ‘The denominative verb which is to make an atonement, make reconciliation, or to purge is or Kapar.’
    • ‘Generally speaking, the denominative connotes the meaning of ‘to be…,’ ‘to work as…,’ ‘to regard as…,’ ‘to desire…,’ but the real emphasis of the word is on the noun.’
    • ‘A correlation is established and confirmed typologically, between denominative adjective and subject function, on the one hand, and adnominal genitive and the object function, on the other.’
    • ‘I am not sure if nashaq is a denominative of the cognate noun.’
    • ‘One of the main contributions of this thesis concerns the analysis of denominative variation causes in specialised texts.’


Late 16th century (as a noun in the grammatical sense): from late Latin denominativus, from denominat- ‘named’, from the verb denominare (see denominate).