Definition of correlative in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈrelədiv/


1Having a mutual relationship; corresponding: rights, whether moral or legal, can involve correlative duties
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  • It has proved difficult to establish causal rather than merely correlative relationships between carbohydrate accumulation and cold tolerance.
  • It was also important to determine the degree of universality of the correlative relationships between free amino acid levels and leaf senescence.
  • At best it seems to be a correlative relationship, and that should not provide justification for censorship.
1.1 Grammar (Of words such as neither and nor) corresponding to each other and regularly used together.
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  • Both coordinators and subordinators may be reinforced by being combined with correlatives, a term used both for the reinforcing item and for that item and the conjunction it accompanies.


A word or concept that has a mutual relationship with another word or concept: the child’s right to education is a correlative of the parent’s duty to send the child to school
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  • There are four other concepts which are correlatives to these.
  • Many of the poems intertwine these correlatives and explore his ambiguous relationship to them.
  • The correlatives of the signifieds aroused by such signifiers are emotional states; they remain private to each hearer and cannot be compared with each other, and so consensus cannot be achieved.



Pronunciation: /kəˈrelədivlē/
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  • The term theatrical has been redeemed from its derogatory past, and made to suit the same purpose, correlatively, as painterly.
  • Before discussing current views on this and the earlier thesis, it will therefore be useful to be reminded of what some earlier philosophers have had to say about existence and, correlatively, about ‘is’ and ‘exists’ as verbs of being.
  • Subsequent to its formalization, the policy may be amended by agreement with the Taker of the Insurance, by means of annexes, numbered correlatively, as many times as necessary.


Pronunciation: /kəˌreləˈtivitē/
Example sentences
  • This is called the correlativity of rights and duties.
  • A second and more important counter example to the correlativity of duties and rights involves charity.
  • In this paper, we experiment with three heuristics based on correlativity and efficiency.


Mid 16th century: from medieval Latin correlativus, from cor- 'together' + late Latin relativus (see relative).

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Syllabification: cor·rel·a·tive

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