(in certain inflected languages) noting a case of nouns, pronouns, or adjectives, used primarily to express possession, measure, or origin: as John's hat, week's vacation, duty's call.
noting an affix or other element characteristic of this case, or a word containing such an element.
similar to such a case form in function or meaning.
the genitive case.
a word in the genitive case.
a construction noting this case or the relationship usually expressed by it.
- gen·i·ti·val [jen-i-tahy-vuhl], /ˌdʒɛn ɪˈtaɪ vəl/, adjective
- gen·i·ti·val·ly, adverb
- un·gen·i·tive, adjective
- Compare possessive.
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How to use genitive in a sentence
These names are for the most part a Greek letter prefixed to the genitive case of the Latin name of the constellation.A Text-Book of Astronomy | George C. Comstock
Moreover, fet of the plural applies only to the nominative and accusative; the genitive has fota, the dative fotum.Language | Edward Sapir
The subject of warni is warschipe contained in the preceding genitive; see 6/18.
From Muskeeg, a swamp or bog, and o, the sign of the genitive.Summary Narrative of an Exploratory Expedition to the Sources of the Mississippi River, in 1820 | Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
Dr. Lowth, on the other part, supposes the possessive pronouns mine and thine to be genitive cases.A Grammar of the English Tongue | Samuel Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for genitive
denoting a case of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives in inflected languages used to indicate a relation of ownership or association, usually translated by English of
the genitive case
a word or speech element in this case
- genitival (ˌdʒɛnɪˈtaɪvəl), adjective
- genitivally, adverb
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