/pawr"teuh tiv, pohr"-/, adj.
1. capable of being carried; portable.
2. having or pertaining to the power or function of carrying.
3. Also called portative organ. a small portable pipe organ used esp. during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
[1350-1400; ME portatif < MF. See PORT5, -ATIVE]

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