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Meaning of ABLATIVE

Pronunciation:  ab'leytiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the case indicating the agent in passive sentences or the instrument or manner or place of the action described by the verb
  2. [adj]  tending to ablate; i.e. to be removed or vaporized at very high temperature; "ablative material on a rocket cone"
  3. [adj]  (linguistics) relating to the ablative case

ABLATIVE is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: ablative case, subtractive
 See Also: oblique, oblique case



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ab"la*tive\, a. [F. ablatif, ablative, L. ablativus
    fr. ablatus. See {Ablation}.]
    1. Taking away or removing. [Obs.]
             Where the heart is forestalled with misopinion,
             ablative directions are found needful to unteach
             error, ere we can learn truth.        --Bp. Hall.
    2. (Gram.) Applied to one of the cases of the noun in Latin
       and some other languages, -- the fundamental meaning of
       the case being removal, separation, or taking away.
  2. \Ab"la*tive\, (Gram.)
    The ablative case.
    {ablative absolute}, a construction in Latin, in which a noun
       in the ablative case has a participle (either expressed or
       implied), agreeing with it in gender, number, and case,
       both words forming a clause by themselves and being
       unconnected, grammatically, with the rest of the sentence;
       as, Tarquinio regnante, Pythagoras venit, i. e.,
       Tarquinius reigning, Pythagoras came.