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ILLATIVE

 Dictionary entry overview: What does illative mean? 

ILLATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective ILLATIVE has 3 senses:

1. relating to or having the nature of illation or inference
2. resembling or dependent on or arrived at by inference
3. expressing or preceding an inference

  Familiarity information: ILLATIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ILLATIVE (adjective)


Sense 1illative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to or having the nature of illation or inference

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

illative; inferential

Context example:

the illative faculty of the mind

Pertainym:

inference (the reasoning involved in drawing a conclusion or making a logical judgment on the basis of circumstantial evidence and prior conclusions rather than on the basis of direct observation)


Sense 2illative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Resembling or dependent on or arrived at by inference

Synonyms:

illative; inferential

Context examples:

an illative conclusion / inferential reasoning

Similar:

deductive (involving inferences from general principles)


Sense 3illative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Expressing or preceding an inference

Context example:

'therefore' is an illative word

Similar:

deductive (involving inferences from general principles)

Domain category:

grammar (the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics or morphology))


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