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[ahyv] /aɪv/

contraction of I have.
a suffix of adjectives (and nouns of adjectival origin) expressing tendency, disposition, function, connection, etc.:
active; corrective; destructive; detective; passive; sportive.
I have
(forming adjectives) indicating a tendency, inclination, character, or quality: divisive, prohibitive, festive, massive
(forming nouns of adjectival origin): detective, expletive

contraction of I have, 1742, first attested in Richardson’s “Pamela.”

sufix forming adjectives from verbs, meaning “pertaining to, tending to,” in some cases from Old French -if, but usually directly from Latin -ivus. In some words borrowed from French at an early date it has been reduced to -y (e.g. hasty, tardy).


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