There are 2 main definitions of sportive in English:

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sportive 1

Pronunciation: /ˈspɔːtɪv/

adjective

1Playful; light-hearted: Sir John was in sportive mood
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  • Tom, in his sportive mood, had caused serious inconvenience to a most respectable policeman.
  • Brown has long had about him a sportive, Cyrano-esque panache.
  • The jack-o'-lantern is a sportive creature whose innate love of mischief causes him to lead travelers astray.
1.1 archaic Amorous; lustful: a sportive man who drank and loved too much
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  • Various sportive young matrons of his acquaintance‥certainly felt no overmastering desire to keep their husbands at their sides.
2Relating to, interested in, or good at sport: Britain’s architectural and sportive heritage I was always a very sportive person—I played almost every sport
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  • Psychology can have a big impact on sportive performance - our heads probably count for 70 percent of our performances.
  • Enhanced parasympathetic activity of sportive women is paradoxically associated to enhanced resting energy expenditure.
  • It's summertime and weekend trips for sportive or business reasons are on the list!

Derivatives

sportively

Pronunciation: /ˈspɔːtɪvli/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Some might take a prank sportively, while others might take offence to it.
  • It is exactly in such a situation that any suggestion to consider the game sportively rather than sentimentally becomes a heresy.
  • As a blogger you should take every criticism sportively.

sportiveness

Pronunciation: /ˈspɔːtɪvnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • Certainly the enjoyment in the fifty-eight poems lies, I think, in their sportiveness.
  • As holidays go, this celebration of sport and sportiveness is as good as it gets.
  • The car's excellent handling and sportiveness make it a point of reference in its category.

Origin

Late 16th century: from sport + -ive.

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There are 2 main definitions of sportive in English:

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sportive 2

Pronunciation: /spɔːˈtiːv/

noun

A long-distance road cycling event in which a large number of cyclists ride a marked route: you may have put in hours of training before your first sportive, but all your good work can be undone if you neglect to prepare your bike
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  • Our story begins in Norwich, where an organized cycling event called the Boudicca Sportive took place.
  • Training on a Wattbike is without doubt the most effective way to prepare for a challenging sportive.
  • Their traditional, voluntarist rides were losing out to the modern, glitzy sportive.

Origin

Early 21st century: shortened from cyclosportive.

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