Par·ti·tive a. Gram. Denoting a part; as, a partitive genitive.
Par·ti·tive, n. Gram. A word or phrase expressing partition, or denoting a part; as, the phrase “of the team” in “half of the team”.
adj 1: (Romance languages) relating to or denoting a part of a
whole or a quantity that is less than the whole; "a
2: indicating or characterized by or serving to create
partition or division into parts; "partitive tendencies in
3: serving to separate or divide into parts; "partitive
tendencies in education"; "the uniting influence was
stronger than the separative" [syn: separative]
n : word (such a `some' or `less') that is used to indicate a
part as distinct from a whole