? asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 2 months ago

I know “derogatory” is a word, but is “derogative” a real word? Or, would you just use the former instead of the latter in a sentence?

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    I'd use derogatory because I don't think derogative is a word.

  • 2 months ago

    Dictionary.com says this about derogative:

    adjective. Tending or intending to belittle: deprecative, deprecatory, depreciative, depreciatory, derogatory, detractive, disparaging, low, pejorative, slighting, uncomplimentary.

  • Bill B
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Both derogatory and derogative are words. 

    Similar in meaning but derogatory intends to be injurious whereas derogative intends to belittle.

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