Origin of dative
Examples from the Web for dative
Either accusative or dative would be acceptable enough with latere.
Of the other cases, the dative and accusative occur most frequently with prepositions.Anglo-Saxon Grammar and Exercise Book|C. Alphonso Smith
Swa ibruce &c., As surely as I possess my kingdom: brcan usually takes a genitive; here with dative or accusative.
The sense of the word is abverbial; its form, however, is that of a dative case.A Handbook of the English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
Probably folc should be taken as dative, or folke should be read; and sends it to the people and thereby betokens &c.
British Dictionary definitions for dative
- the dative case
- a word or speech element in this case
Word Origin for dative
Word Origin and History for dative
mid-15c., from Latin dativus "pertaining to giving," from datus "given" (see date (n.1)); in grammatical use from Greek dotike (ptosis) "dative (case)," from dotikos "of giving nature," from dotos "given," from PIE root *do- "to give," from the same PIE root as the Latin word. In law, "that may be disposed of at pleasure," from 1530s.