of or relating to a linguistic form, case, or semantic role that denotes the person or persons for whom an action is performed, as for his son in He opened the door for his son.


a benefactive form or case.

Origin of benefactive

1940–45; < Latin benefact(um) benefit, good deed (noun use of neuter of benefactus; see benefaction) + -ive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019