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(Latin: a suffix; tending to; of the quality of, inclined to)

adhesive (s) (noun), adhesives (pl)
A substance that unites or bonds surfaces together: Adhesives are used to stick things together so they won't fall apart.
adhesive (adjective), more adhesive, most adhesive
Having the property of sticking; sticky: The glue on an envelope flap or on postage stamps, etc. are examples of adhesive materials.
advertive
affirmative (uh FUR muh tiv) (adjective)
1. A reference to confirming, or asserting, that something is true or correct: When little Jimmy asked if he could have another serving of ice cream, his mother made an affirmative answer of "yes".
2. Relating to indicating or giving assent or approval; a confirmation: The people made an affirmative vote for the new tax cut.
3. Descriptive of a positive or an optimistic attitude: Shirley had an affirmative outlook regarding her career as an actress.
aggressive
1. Inclined to behave in an actively hostile fashion; such as, an aggressive regime.
2. Assertive, bold, and energetic: "The manager made an aggressive sales campaign."
3. Of or relating to an investment or approach to investing that seeks above-average returns by taking above-average risks.
4. Fast growing; tending to spread quickly and to invade; for example, an aggressive tumor.
5. Characterized by or inclined toward vigorous or intensive medical treatment: "The doctor believed it was necessary to take an aggressive approach to treating the infection."
agitative (adjective), more agitative, most agitative
A reference to causing or tending to cause anger or resentment.
allusive (adjective), more allusive, most allusive
1. Referring to playing with words, punning: Kris made the most allusive references while seeming to compliment the host.
2. Symbolical, metaphorical, figurative: Andre's most allusive comments are when he compares higher education to spans on a bridge that lead to greater achievements.
3. Having many indirect references: Sherlock, the detective, made allusive inquiries during his search for the true culprit of the crime.
alterative (s) (noun), alteratives (pl)
A medicine or treatment which gradually induces a change and restores healthy functions.
alternative (adjective) (non comparable)
1. Existing outside traditional or established institutions or systems: The new family lived an alternative lifestyle that the neighbors thought was strange.
2. Suggesting or reflecting values that are different from those of a social establishment or mainstream: There was an alternativenewspaper that reported all kinds of misbehavior by public officials, movie and other entertainment personalities, and even some religious leaders.
alternative (s) (noun), alternatives (pl)
Allowing or necessitating a choice between two or more things; considering another possibility: Jane's parents were unable to pay for her college fees; so, she had no alternative but to find a part-time job.

If Mark wants to get to Los Angeles by tonight, he has no alternative but to go by plane.

A choice limited to one of two or more choices.
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amative (adjective), more amative, most amative
1. Inclined toward or displaying love.
2. Relating to or inclined toward loving; amorous.
aperitive
1. A stimulant of the appetite.
2. Having a stimulating effect on the appetite.
appulsive (adjective), more appulsive, most appulsive
1. A reference to an energetic motion toward a point.
2. A descriptive term for the act of striking against something.
assertive
1. Confidently aggressive or self-assured; aggressive; dogmatic.
2. Inclined to bold or confident assertions; aggressively self-assured.
astrictive (adjective), more astrictive, most astrictive
1. Binding; astringent or something that causes the contraction of skin cells and other body tissues: The doctor recommended that Kate use a more astrictive skin lotion to stop the itching.
2. A reference to something that is sharp or severe in manner or style: Joan's astrictive words had their effect on her son's misbehavior.