Meaning of causative in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɔːzətɪv/

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  • 1Acting as a cause.

    ‘a causative factor’
    • ‘The general consensus, therefore, was to promote preventive pulmonology which laid stress on motivating the victims to stop smoking which was a major causative factor in almost 90 per cent of the cases.’
    • ‘The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that the virus is the primary causative agent, but experts say much laboratory work still needs to be done to pinpoint its exact characteristics.’
    • ‘Cigarettes are the main causative factors for lung, oral, oesophageal, stomach, bladder, kidney, pancreas and cervical cancer.’
    • ‘There are several causative factors for cancer.’
    • ‘Almost 30 per cent have hypertension as the causative factor.’
    • ‘Tension is a major causative agent for various ailments.’
    • ‘Vaccination is an important part of prevention, providing sheep with antibodies against the causative agent.’
    • ‘An association between smoking and cot death may exist, of course, but it is difficult to separate smoking from other causative factors.’
    • ‘But, smoking, alcohol and junk food are not the only causative factors, he says.’
    • ‘They would prefer to see events in India in 1947 as the real causative factors of the decline of the Empire.’
    • ‘Milk is a causative factor in most health problems plaguing Americans consuming the Basic American Diet.’
    • ‘A growing body of evidence supports the supposition that the quantitative depletion of mtDNA, once thought to be a consequence of type 2 diabetes, could be a causative factor in pathogenesis.’
    • ‘Human immunodeficiency virus is a causative agent of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome disease.’
    • ‘The high intensity of exposure to asbestos fibers is the most plausible causative factor responsible for a higher rate of respiratory diseases that occurred among miners and millers from Thetford-Mines.’
    • ‘In California, many of the leading physicians were outwardly hostile to an over-emphasis on germs as the causative factor in disease, and such theories were even slower to take hold among popular writers.’
    • ‘She portrays nurses as patient advocates and defends nurses who have made medication errors, explaining that hospital understanding and nursing shortages can be causative factors.’
    • ‘The question for consideration in this section are the circumstances in which such an intervening event will be held to negate the causative effect of the defendant's breach of duty.’
    • ‘It is not simply a case of arguing in Weberian fashion that each of these relations exercise reciprocal and causative influence.’
    • ‘A causative role for AHA3 in male gametogenesis was proven by complementation with a normal transgenic gene and rescue of the mutant phenotype back to wild type.’
    • ‘It was in response to this that Tuckey LJ, with whom the other two members of this court agreed, held that the court could take account of other factors as well as those which were strictly causative.’
    1. 1.1Grammar Expressing causation.
      ‘a causative verb’
      • ‘However, there's a general pattern in English of pairs of inchoative and causative meanings for verbs.’
      • ‘On the one hand, the fact that many causative action verbs imply a means - end structure to the actions they describe seems to favour analysis.’
      • ‘Although Eric seems to assume the experiencer sense, I'm going to make the causative sense explicit.’
      • ‘The article focuses on what proves to be the two most distinctive uses of MAKE, viz. the delexical and causative uses.’
      • ‘The prefix tu denotes likeness and when added to nouns it also has causative properties.’


  • A causative verb.

    • ‘What is more, even when this distinction has been drawn, the denotations of the gerundive phrases often remain ambiguous, especially when the verbs whose nominalizations appear in these phrases are causatives.’


Late Middle English from Old French causatif, -ive, or late Latin causativus, from causare ‘to cause’.