Pronounced: AD-uh-nize, verb
Notes: This is another word that made me feel foolish; I didn’t know it when I saw it, but when I read the background, I realized that I should have known it.
The word illative means “of, relating to, or expressing an inference or conclusion” (the word “therefore” is an illative word)
The word came into English in the late 1500s
Background / Comments
The parenthesized part of the meaning is pretty much what was in my reading: (…the use of the illative word ‘therefore’ in this location…). The word comes from the Late Latin word illātīvus, from Latin illāt, the suppletive past participle of inferre (to bring in; to bear in).