[ a-bes-iv ]
/ æˈbɛs ɪv /
noting a case, as in Finnish, whose distinctive function is to indicate absence or lack.
the abessive case.
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Origin of abessive
1890–94; < Latin abess(e) to be distant + -ive
Words nearby abessive
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