Pronunciation: (kô'zu-tiv), [key]
1. acting as a cause; producing (often fol. by of): a causative agency; an event causative of war.
2. Gram.noting causation. The causative form of to fall is to fell. Gothic -jan is a causative suffix in fulljan “to cause to be full; to fill.”
Gram.a word, esp. a verb, noting causation, as made in He made me eat the apple.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.