con·tin·u·a·tive (kən-tĭny-ā′tĭv, -ə-tĭv)
1. Of, relating to, or serving to cause continuation.
2. Linguistics Of or relating to the durative aspect or a durative verb or verb form.
1. Something that expresses or causes continuation.
2. Linguistics See durative.
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