Pronunciation: (priv'u-tiv), [key]
1. causing, or tending to cause, deprivation.
2. consisting in or characterized by the taking away, loss, or lack of something.
3. Gram.indicating negation or absence.
1. Gram.a privative element, as a- in asymmetric.
2. something that is deprived.
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