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additive adj
1 characterized or produced by addition; "an additive process" [ant: subtractive]
2 designating or involving an equation whose terms are of the first degree [syn: linear] [ant: nonlinear] n : something added to enhance food or gasoline or paint or medicine

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Latin additivus


  1. Proper to be added; positive; -- opposed to subtractive.


  1. A substance added to another substance or product for its ability to alter the results.
    Example: Oil may be used as an additive to gasoline to improve the lubrication of a small engine


Extensive Definition

Additive may refer to:
additive in Spanish: Aditivo
additive in French: Additif
additive in Galician: Aditivo (homónimos)
additive in Italian: Additivo

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