allative

[ al-uh-tiv ]
/ ˈæl ə tɪv /
Grammar

adjective

noting a case, as in Finnish, whose distinctive function is to indicate place to or toward which.

noun

the allative case.

Nearby words

  1. allantoidoangiopagous twins,
  2. allantoin,
  3. allantoinuria,
  4. allantois,
  5. allargando,
  6. allay,
  7. allecret,
  8. allegation,
  9. allege,
  10. alleged

Origin of allative

1860–65; < Latin allāt(us) (al- al- + lātus suppletive past participle of ferre to bring; cf. alley1) + -ive

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Word Origin and History for allative

allative

n.

grammatical case expressing "motion towards," 1860, from Latin allatus "brought to," used as past participle of adferre, affere "to bring to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + latus "borne, carried" (see oblate (n.)).

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