Interpretative - interpretive

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AWE cannot do better than quote the on-line version of Modern English Usage, s.v. 'interpretative':


interpretative, interpretive. The preferred form for this word meaning 'serving to interpret or explain' is interpretative, on the analogy of authoritative, qualitative, and quantitative:

'You may be wondering why I am rabbiting on about interpretative processes when the theme of this article is how to build a bracket clock', Practical Woodworking, 1990.

However, interpretive is about twice as common, perhaps reinforced by the natural tendency to articulate both words in this way in rapid speech:

'Chinese culture has undergone major interpretive phases in recent decades', Daedalus, 1991.