- (in some inflected languages) noting a case that has among its functions the indication of place from which or, as in Latin, place in which, manner, means, instrument, or agent.
- the ablative case.
- a word in that case, as Troiā in Latin Aenēas Troiā vēnit, “Aeneas came from Troy.”
Origin of ablative1
Origin of ablative2
Examples from the Web for ablative
Third, the ablative form of a noun signifying a portion of the body.
The same form of the ablative at Tr V ii 20 'pleno de mare'.
To-night I have a pressing engagement with the Ablative Absolute.Daddy Long-Legs
Living Latin had only the feel of the cases: the ablative and dative emotion.Instigations
Try to remember, Quinlan, what I told you about the use of the ablative absolute.Short Sixes
H. C. Bunner
- (in certain inflected languages such as Latin) denoting a case of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives indicating the agent in passive sentences or the instrument, manner, or place of the action described by the verb
- the ablative case
- a word or speech element in the ablative case
- taking away or removingablative surgery
- able to disintegrate or be worn away at a very high temperaturea thick layer of ablative material
Word Origin and History for ablative
mid-15c., from Middle French ablatif, from Latin (casus) ablativus "(case) of removal," expressing direction from a place or time, coined by Julius Caesar from ablatus "taken away," past participle of auferre "carrying away," from ab- "away" (see ab-) + irregular verb ferre (past participle latum; see oblate) "to carry, to bear" (see infer).