Definition of terminative in English:



  • 1Forming a boundary, limit, or extremity; = "terminal". Now rare.

  • 2Bringing something, or coming to, an end; concluding, finishing.

  • 3Constituting the ultimate object of an action; (of an object or end) ultimate, final. Compare "objective". Now rare.

  • 4Of a grammatical case, a suffix, etc.: specifying an end limit in space or time; conveying the goal or target of an action. Also (in early use): dative.

  • 5Of, relating to, or designating a verb or aspect of a verb which denotes a completed action, or the end or completion of an action.


  • 1A word ending; specifically an inflectional or derivational suffix; = "termination". Now rare.

  • 2Grammar. With the: the terminative case.


Late 15th century; earliest use found in Higden's Polychronicon. From post-classical Latin terminativus that brings to an end, concluding, directed to some ultimate object, that provides or forms a boundary from classical Latin termināt-, past participial stem of termināre + -īvus.