adjective Etymology: Middle French detersif, from Latin detersus, past participle of detergēre to deterge Date: 1586 detergentdetersive noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Detersive — De*ter sive, a. [Cf. d[ e]tersif.] Cleansing; detergent. n. A cleansing agent; a detergent. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • detersive — [dē tʉr′siv, ditʉr′siv] adj., n. [Fr détersif < L detersus, pp. of detergere: see DETERGE] detergent …   English World dictionary

  • detersive — SYN: detergent. * * * de·ter·sive di tər siv, ziv adj relating to or having detergent or cleansing activity <a detersive agent> detersive n a cleansing agent: DETERGENT …   Medical dictionary

  • détersive — ● détersif, détersive adjectif (latin detersus, nettoyé) détersif nom masculin (latin detersus, nettoyé) Synonyme de détergent. ● détersif, détersive (synonymes) adjectif …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • detersive — detersively, adv. detersiveness, n. /di terr siv/, adj. 1. cleansing; detergent. n. 2. a detersive agent or medicine. [1580 90; < MF détersif < L deters(us) (ptp. of detergere; see DETERGE) + if IVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • detersive — adjective Having cleansing abilities The powdered roots of the Guayacan (lignum vitae) have detersive properties, and were once used as a household cleaning agent. See Also: detergent …   Wiktionary

  • detersive — de•ter•sive [[t]dɪˈtɜr sɪv[/t]] adj. 1) cleansing; detergent 2) a detersive agent or medicine • Etymology: 1580–90; < MF détersif < L dēters(us) (ptp. of dētergēre; see deterge) + if ive …   From formal English to slang

  • detersive — /dəˈtɜsɪv/ (say duh tersiv) adjective 1. detergent. –noun 2. a detersive agent or medicine. {French detersif, ive} …   Australian English dictionary

  • detersive — adj. cleansing, detergent, serving to remove impurities …   English contemporary dictionary

  • detersive — a. Cleansing, detergent …   New dictionary of synonyms

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”