One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of the nature of, or expressing, an opinion; founded on opinion; conjectural, uncertain.
Late Middle English. From Middle French opinatif, opinative relating to opinion, presumptuous and its etymon post-classical Latin opinativus expressing a conjecture from classical Latin opīnāt-, past participial stem of opīnārī + -īvus. Compare Italian opinativo.
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