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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 fric·a·tive /ˈfrɪkətɪv/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fric·a·tive a.  Phon. Produced by the friction or rustling of the breath, intonated or unintonated, through a narrow opening between two of the mouth organs; uttered through a close approach, but not with a complete closure, of the organs of articulation, and hence capable of being continued or prolonged; -- said of certain consonantal sounds, as f, v, s, z, etc. -- n. A fricative consonant letter or sound. See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 197-206, etc.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a
            constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both
            `thin' and `then') [syn: sibilant, spirant]
      n : a continuant consonant produced by breath moving against a
          narrowing of the vocal tract [syn: fricative consonant,