Definition of preteritive in English:

preteritive

adjective

rare
  • Grammar. Of, relating to, or using the preterite; used only in the preterite tenses. In later use, chiefly in "preteritive present [adjective]".

Origin

Mid 18th century. From classical Latin praeterit-, past participial stem of praeterīre to go past + -ive. With the specifically use in grammar compare later preteritive present, preteritive present.

Pronunciation

preteritive

/prɪˈtɛrɪtɪv/