-ive
-ive sufix forming adjectives from verbs, meaning "pertaining to, tending to," in some cases from O.Fr. -if, but usually directly from L. -ivus. In some words borrowed from French at an early date it has been reduced to -y (e.g. HASTY (Cf. hasty), TARDY (Cf. tardy)).

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

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