dative

[ dey-tiv ]
/ ˈdeɪ tɪv /
Grammar

adjective

(in certain inflected languages, as Latin, Greek, and German) noting a case having as a distinctive function indication of the indirect object of a verb or the object of certain prepositions.

noun

the dative case.
a word or form in that case, as Latin regi in regi haec dicite meaning “tell this to the king.”

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Origin of dative

1400–50; late Middle English datif<Latin datīvus (casus) dative (case), equivalent to dat(us) given (see date1) + -īvus-ive; translation of Greek dotikḗ (ptôsis)

OTHER WORDS FROM dative

da·ti·val [dey-tahy-vuhl], /deɪˈtaɪ vəl/, adjectiveda·tive·ly, adverbnon·da·ti·val, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dative

dative
/ (ˈdeɪtɪv) grammar /

adjective

denoting a case of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives used to express the indirect object, to identify the recipients, and for other purposes

noun

  1. the dative case
  2. a word or speech element in this case

Derived forms of dative

datival (deɪˈtaɪvəl), adjectivedatively, adverb

Word Origin for dative

C15: from Latin datīvus, from dare to give; translation of Greek dotikos
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