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Meaning of OPTATIVE

Pronunciation:  'âptutiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a mood (as in Greek or Sanskrit) that expresses a wish or hope; expressed in English by modal verbs
  2. [adj]  (grammar) relating to a mood of verbs in some languages; "optative verb endings"
  3. [adj]  indicating an option or wish
 

OPTATIVE is a 8 letter word that starts with O.

 

 Synonyms: optative mood
 
 See Also: modality, mode, mood

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Op"ta*tive\, a. [L. optativus: cf. F. optatif.]
    Expressing desire or wish. --Fuller.
    
    {Optative mood} (Gram.), that mood or form of a verb, as in
       Greek, Sanskrit, etc., in which a wish or desire is
       expressed.
    
    
  2. \Op"ta*tive\, n. [Cf. F. optatif.]
    1. Something to be desired. [R.] --Bacon.
    
    2. (Gram.) The optative mood; also, a verb in the optative
       mood.
    
    
 

 

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