-ive etymology

English word -ive comes from Anglo-Norman -if

Detailed word origin of -ive

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-if Anglo-Norman (xno)
-ive English (eng) An adjective suffix signifying relating or belonging to, of the nature of, tending to; as affirmative, active, conclusive, corrective, diminutive.

Words with the same origin as -ive

Descendants of -if
actifan actimetry active affirmative attractive conclusive conclusory constructive corrective curative derivative diminutive electronegativity homonegativity interaction massive narrative negative nonnegativity passifan passive pensive proactively sedative vindicative