Irritant vs Irritative - What's the difference?

irritant | irritative |

As adjectives the difference between irritant and irritative

is that irritant is causing irritation or inflammation while irritative is serving to excite or irritate.

As a noun irritant

is any medication designed to cause irritation.




  • Causing irritation or inflammation.
  • (legal, Scotland) Rendering null and void; conditionally invalidating.
  • * Hayward
  • The states elected Harry, Duke of Anjou, for their king, with this clause irritant ; that, if he did violate any part of his oath, the people should owe him no allegiance.


    (en noun)
  • Any medication designed to cause irritation
  • A source of irritation.
  • irritative



    (en adjective)
  • serving to excite or irritate
  • accompanied with, or produced by, increased action or irritation
  • an irritative fever
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