Usage examples for Privative

  1. The names called privative, therefore, connote two things: the absence of certain attributes, and the presence of others, from which the presence also of the former might naturally have been expected. – A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive (Vol. 1 of 2) by John Stuart Mill
  2. Good could not be the origin of evil, because evil is nothing of good, being privative and destructive of good; nevertheless, since it exists and is sensibly felt, it is not nothing, but something; tell us therefore whence this something existed after nothing." – The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love by Emanuel Swedenborg
  3. Positive Privative Negative according to number of meanings. – Deductive Logic by St. George Stock
  4. This Wormwood is also a Composite plant of the same tribe and character, but with an intensely bitter taste; and hence its name, Absinthium, has been derived from the Greek privative, a, and psinthos, " delight," because the flavour is so bitterly distasteful. – Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure by William Thomas Fernie
  5. For there are many terms which, though positive in form, are privative in force. – Deductive Logic by St. George Stock