from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Serving to decorate or embellish; ornamental.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That serves to decorate
  • n. A plant, tile, etc. intended for use as decoration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Suited to decorate or embellish; adorning.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to decoration; concerned with decoration: as, decorative art.
  • Of an ornamental nature; decorating; embellishing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose


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  • I have a dear friend who pronounces this "de-COR-a-tive" (rhymes with pejorative).

    September 9, 2010