1 used of an accent in Hebrew orthography; indicates that the word marked is separated to a greater or lesser degree rhythmically and grammatically from the word that follows it
2 serving to separate or divide into parts; "partitive tendencies in education"; "the uniting influence was stronger than the separative" [syn: partitive]
3 (of a word) referring singly and without exception to the members of a group; "whereas `each,' `every,' `either,' `neither,' and `none' are distributive or referring to a single member of a group, `which' in `which of the men' is separative"
- Serving to separate
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