Definition of terminative in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtəːmɪnətɪv/


  • 1 rare Forming a boundary, limit, or extremity; = "terminal".

  • 2Bringing something, or coming to, an end; concluding, finishing.

    In early use frequently contrasted with inchoative.

  • 3 rare Constituting the ultimate object of an action; (of an object or end) ultimate, final. Compare "objective".

  • 4Grammar
    Of a grammatical case, a suffix, etc.: specifying an end limit in space or time; conveying the goal or target of an action. Also (in early use): dative.

    The terminative case (or its equivalent) is found particularly in agglutinating languages such as Hungarian, Estonian, and ancient Sumerian.

  • 5Of, relating to, or designating a verb or aspect of a verb which denotes a completed action, or the end or completion of an action. Compare "perfective", "inchoative".


  • 1 rare A word ending; specifically an inflectional or derivational suffix; = "termination".

  • 2Grammar
    With the: the terminative case.


Late 15th century; earliest use found in Higden's Polychronicon. From post-classical Latin terminativus that brings to an end, concluding, directed to some ultimate object, that provides or forms a boundary from classical Latin termināt-, past participial stem of termināre + -īvus.