Meaning of ADDITIVE in English

I. ˈa-də-tiv adjective

Date: 1699

1. : of, relating to, or characterized by addition

an additive process

2. : produced by addition

3. : characterized by, being, or producing effects (as drug responses or gene products) that when the causative factors act together are the sum of their individual effects

• ad·di·tive·ly adverb

• ad·di·tiv·i·ty ˌa-də-ˈti-və-tē noun

II. noun

Date: 1945

: a substance added to another in relatively small amounts to effect a desired change in properties

food additive s

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