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


the allative case.

Origin of allative

1860–65; < Latin allāt(us) (al- al- + lātus suppletive past participle of ferre to bring; cf. alley1) + -ive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for allative

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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper