Adjective "additive" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A substance added to something in small quantities to improve or preserve it.
  1. 'Imagine a company sneaking additives and preservatives into something you eat without telling you.'
  2. 'Some food allergies are not intrinsic to the food material but are actually related to chemical additives.'
  3. 'Where it is available, aged manure is one of the best soil additives in preparing for roses.'
  4. 'Vine weevil, the gardener's worst enemy, is often properly controlled by chemical compost additives.'
  5. 'Sometimes these additives can improve flavour, but obviously they can also detract from it.'
  6. 'It's also an easy way to avoid artificial additives, pesticides and GM ingredients.'
  7. 'Evening primrose, wheat germ, and rose hip seed oils all make fine additives to this mask.'
  8. 'You can hardly complain about people who want to produce food uncontaminated by artificial chemicals and additives.'
  9. 'Filtering drinking water to remove toxic copper, lead, pesticides, chloride and additives is also recommended.'
  10. 'She said hyperactivity in children could stem from too many fizzy drinks and additives.'


Characterized by, relating to, or produced by addition.
  1. 'When environmental factors also play a role in the development of a trait, the term multifactorial is used to refer to the additive effects of many genetic and environmental factors.'
  2. 'He attributes this to their clumsy numeration system, a hybrid of the Babylonian sexagesimal system and an additive system in which each letter of the Greek alphabet stood for one value.'
  3. 'This result is opposite of what is expected if the fitness effects are additive or multiplicative.'
  4. 'That is, cumulative discrimination may be more than an additive process in which the effects of discriminatory incidents sum over time to form larger and larger outcome disparities.'
  5. 'For both outcomes, Model A examined the simple additive effects and Model B examined the more complex interactions between the gender of the respondent and the source of support.'
  6. 'His fields of dots grew through a ruminative, additive process that is integral to their emotional tenor.'
  7. 'Judging by cases in which some apply but others do not, these three properties have roughly equal importance, and their effects are approximately additive.'
  8. 'These rates are greater than expected for additive or multiplicative effects of the single mutations.'
  9. 'Many problems in evolutionary biology involve evolution of traits controlled by multiple genes of approximately additive effect.'
  10. 'The period length of the double mutant strains was close to values predicted from assuming an additive or multiplicative effect from each mutation.'
  11. 'the video monitor uses the additive colours red, green, and blue'
  12. 'Another alternative is to have the additive colors in small containers and have the students dip the brush in to get a small amount.'
  13. 'The three types of cones are often, and somewhat misleadingly, equated with Maxwell's additive primaries of red, blue, and green.'

More definitions

1. something that is added, as one substance to another, to alter or improve the general quality or to counteract undesirable properties: an additive that thins paint.

2. Nutrition. Also called food additive. a substance added directly to food during processing, as for preservation, coloring, or stabilization. something that becomes part of food or affects it as a result of packaging or processing, as debris or radiation. adjective

3. characterized or produced by addition; cumula

More examples(as adjective)

"deals can be additive to earningses."

"gains can be additive to results."

"gains can be additive to quarters."

"transactions can be additive in/at/on years."

"organizations can be additive in years."

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Late 17th century (as an adjective): from late Latin additivus, from Latin addit- ‘added’, from the verb addere (see add). The noun dates from the 1940s.