- noting a case, as in Finnish, whose distinctive function is to indicate a state of being.
- the essive case.
Origin of essive
1900–05; < Finnish essivi < Latin ess(e) to be + -īvus -ive
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Word Origin and History for essive
1890, from Finnish essiivi, from Latin esse (see essence).
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