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benefactive

[ben-uh-fak-tiv]Linguistics
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adjective
  1. 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.
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noun
  1. a benefactive form or case.
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Origin of benefactive

1940–45; < Latin benefact(um) benefit, good deed (noun use of neuter of benefactus; see benefaction) + -ive
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