interpretative

interpretative, interpretive
The preferred form for this word meaning ‘serving to interpret or explain’ is interpretative, on the analogy of authoritative, qualitative, and quantitative:

• You may be wondering why I am rabbiting on about interpretative processes when the theme of this article is how to build a bracket clock —Practical Woodworking, 1990.

However, interpretive is about twice as common, perhaps reinforced by the natural tendency to articulate both words in this way in rapid speech:

• Chinese culture has undergone major interpretive phases in recent decades —Dædalus, 1991.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Interpretative — In*ter pre*ta*tive, a. [Cf. F. interpr[ e]tatif.] [1913 Webster] 1. Designed or fitted to interpret; explanatory. Interpretative lexicography. Johnson. [1913 Webster] 2. According to interpretation; constructive. [1913 Webster] An interpretative… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interpretative — index demonstrative (illustrative), discursive (analytical) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • interpretative — (adj.) 1560s, properly formed from pp. stem of L. interpretari (see INTERPRET (Cf. interpret)). Interpretive means the same thing, but is less correct. Related: Interpretatively …   Etymology dictionary

  • interpretative — [in tʉr′prə tāt΄iv, in tʉr′prətə tiv] adj. [ML interpretativus] INTERPRETIVE …   English World dictionary

  • interpretative — adjective concerned with explaining the reasons for something or with the way someone performs a play, piece of music etc: an interpretative framework | interpretative skills …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • interprétative — ● interprétatif, interprétative adjectif Qui sert d interprétation, qui contient une interprétation …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • interpretative — See interpretative, interpretive …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • interpretative — in|ter|pre|ta|tive [ınˈtə:prıtətıv US ınˈtə:rprəteıtıv] adj also interpretive 1.) relating to, explaining, or understanding the meaning of something ▪ Reading is an interpretative process. 2.) relating to how feelings are expressed through music …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • interpretative — interpret ► VERB (interpreted, interpreting) 1) explain the meaning of. 2) translate orally the words of a person speaking a different language. 3) understand as having a particular meaning or significance. 4) perform (a creative work) in a way… …   English terms dictionary

  • interpretative — adjective see interpretation …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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