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fixative

fix·a·tive

fixative

pronunciation:
fIk s tihv
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition: acting to make stable or permanent.
 
part of speech: noun
definition: something that functions to make stable or permanent, esp. a spray used to protect art works or a solution to preserve biological material for examination.
similar words:
mordant
Word Parts
The word fixative contains the following parts:
fix Latin root that means fasten, attach
-ive, -ative Latin adjective-forming suffix that means tending to, connected with, or performing
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The suffix -ive , -ative turns Latinate verb bases into adjectives. Many adjectives ending in -ive , -ative have corresponding noun forms ending in -ity (objective , objectivity) or -ion (effusive , effusion).