Definition - A suffix that indicates negation, absence, or loss.

Example -
The less in gormless, the un in unwanted, and the a in ahistorical.

Etymology -
The word derives from the Latin privativus, privation or negation (from the Latin privare, deprive).

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1590:
"Know you what a is here, it is a priuatiue."
(Hutchinson in Greenwood Collect. Sclaund. Art. Divb, )

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