ablative absolute


noun Latin Grammar.

a construction not dependent upon any other part of the sentence, consisting of a noun and a participle, noun and adjective, or two nouns, in which both members are in the ablative case, as Latin viā factā, “the road having been made.”

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Origin of ablative absolute

First recorded in 1520–30

Words nearby ablative absolute

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British Dictionary definitions for ablative absolute

ablative absolute

noun

an absolute construction in Latin grammar in which a governor noun and a modifier in the ablative case function as a sentence modifier; for example, hostibus victis, "the enemy having been beaten"
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