abrasive etymology

English word abrasive comes from English -ive, English abrase

Detailed word origin of abrasive

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-ive English (eng) An adjective suffix signifying relating or belonging to, of the nature of, tending to; as affirmative, active, conclusive, corrective, diminutive.
abrase English (eng) (obsolete) Rubbed smooth or blank. [Attested only in the 17th century.] (transitive) To wear down; rub clean; smoothen; abrade. [First attested in the late 15th century.].
abrasive English (eng) Being rough and coarse in manner or disposition; causing irritation. [First attested in 1925.]. Producing abrasion; rough enough to wear away the outer surface. [First attested in 1805.] (geology) Rock fragments, sand grains, mineral particles, used by water, wind, and ice to abrade a land surface.. A substance or material such as sandpaper, pumice, or emery, used for cleaning, smoothing, or [...]

Words with the same origin as abrasive

Descendants of -ive
administrative adoptive aggressive aggressively appreciative argumentative assertive competitive decorative elective explosive instinctive instinctively instructive investigative legislative manipulative obsessive oppressive preemptive protective reactive reflective secretive subjective
Descendants of abrase