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Correlative Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    correlative adj
  1. mutually related [syn: correlate, correlated]
  2. expressing a reciprocal or complementary relation; "correlative conjunctions" n : either of two correlated variables [syn: correlate]
Correlative Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Correlative \Cor*rel"a*tive\ (k?r-r?l"?-t?v), a. [Cf. F. corr['e]latif.] Having or indicating a reciprocal relation. Father and son, prince and subject, stranger and citizen, are correlative terms. --Hume.
Correlative Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Correlative \Cor*rel"a*tive\, n.
  1. One who, or that which, stands in a reciprocal relation, or is correlated, to some other person or thing. --Locke. Spiritual things and spiritual men are correlatives. --Spelman.
  2. (Gram.) The antecedent of a pronoun.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Correlative'


In grammar, correlatives are words that are separated in a sentence but function together to perform a single function.

In English, examples are both—and, either—or, neither—nor, the—the ("the more the better"), so—that ("it ate so much food that it burst"), and if—then. In the Romance languages, the demonstrative pro-forms function as correlatives with the relative pro-forms, as autant—que in French; in English, demonstratives are not used in such constructions, which depend on the relative only: "I saw what you did", rather than *"I saw that, what you did".

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