[ kuh-rel-uh-tiv ]
/ kəˈrɛl ə tɪv /


so related that each implies or complements the other.
being in correlation; mutually related.
Grammar. answering to or complementing one another and regularly used in association, as either and or, not only and but.
Biology. (of a typical structure of an organism) found in correlation with another.


either of two things, as two terms, that are correlative.
Grammar. a correlative expression.
Also especially British, co·rel·a·tive.

Origin of correlative

From the Medieval Latin word correlātīvus, dating back to 1520–30. See cor-, relative

OTHER WORDS FROM correlative

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British Dictionary definitions for correlative

/ (kɒˈrɛlətɪv) /


in mutual, complementary, or reciprocal relationship; corresponding
denoting words, usually conjunctions, occurring together though not adjacently in certain grammatical constructions, as for example neither and nor in such sentences as he neither ate nor drank


either of two things that are correlative
a correlative word

Derived forms of correlative

correlatively, adverb correlativeness or correlativity, noun