- designating or pertaining to a verb mood, as in Greek, that has among its functions the expression of a wish, as Greek íoimen “may we go, we wish we might go.”
- the optative mood.
- a verb in the optative mood.
Origin of optative
Examples from the Web for optative
In the following, an aorist is followed not by an optative, but by a subjunctive.The English Language
Robert Gordon Latham
This verb is optative: so are ‘(may) scorch,’ ‘(may) fill,’ ‘may roll,’ and ‘may be crowned.’Milton's Comus
Associated words: desiderative, desideratum, orectic, optative.Putnam's Word Book
Louis A. Flemming
But in determining accent final –– and –– are counted short except in the optative mode and in a few words, , .A Greek Primer
She means an indicative, but wishes her mother to understand her in the optative mood.
- indicating or expressing choice, preference, or wish
- grammar denoting a mood of verbs in Greek, Sanskrit, etc, expressing a wish
- the optative mood
- a verb in this mood
Word Origin and History for optative
in reference to grammatical mood expressing wish or desire, 1520s, from Middle French optatif (15c.), from Late Latin optativus, from Latin optatus "wished, desired, longed for," past participle of optare "to choose, wish, desire" (see option).