Definition of applicative in US English:



  • Relating to or involving the application of a subject or idea; practical or applied.

    ‘applicative algebra’
    • ‘Its applicative potential is shown by this study.’
    • ‘We analyze the applicative pattern as an argument-structure construction, in terms of this study.’
    • ‘She said that the team would design applicative tests that were capable of assessing the students' abilities and competencies as required by the curriculum.’
    • ‘His response is: ‘That is not an applicative concern. If you application would work right, there is nothing to worry about.’’


Mid 17th century: from Latin applicat- ‘set close or in contact, fastened to’, from the verb applicare (see apply).