- (especially in Semitic languages) expressing a mild command.
- a jussive form, mood, case, construction, or word.
Origin of jussive
1840–50; < Latin juss(us) (past participle of jubēre to command) + -ive
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- grammar another word for imperative (def. 3)
C19: from Latin jūssus ordered, from jubēre to command
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Word Origin and History for jussive
"grammatical mode expressing command," 1846, from Latin iuss-, past participle stem of iubere "to bid, command," from PIE *yeudh- "to move violently, fight;" + -ive.
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