[ es-iv ]
/ ˈɛs ɪv /
noting a case, as in Finnish, whose distinctive function is to indicate a state of being.
the essive case.
Words nearby essive
Origin of essive
1900–05; < Finnish essivi < Latin ess(e) to be + -īvus -ive
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