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1Grammar. = "plural". Also as noun rare.
2Logic. Of a proposition, assertion, etc.: applying to a proportion (usually more than half) of the subject concerned. Also used to designate the type of logic which is concerned with such propositions.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Foxe (?1517–1587), martyrologist. From classical Latin plūrātīvus (adjective) plural (Gellius) from plūr-, plūs more + -ātīvus, after grammatical terms in -ātīvus, as nōminātīvus, comparātīvus, etc. In later use in sense 1 chiefly after German Plurativ, noun.
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