What does -ive mean?

-ive meaning in Etymology Dictionary

sufix developing adjectives from verbs, indicating "pertaining to, looking after," sometimes from Old French -if, but generally straight from Latin -ivus. In certain words borrowed from French at an early time it is often paid off to -y (like in hasty, tardy).


-ive meaning in General Dictionary

An adjective suffix signifying relating or owned by, associated with the nature of, looking after; as affirmative, active, conclusive, corrective, diminutive.


-ive meaning in General Dictionary

An adjective suffix signifying pertaining or owned by, associated with the nature of, looking after; as affirmative, active, conclusive, corrective, diminutive.