- resembling a gerund.See also gerund(def 2).
Origin of gerundive
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This gerundive use of the infinitive is very common in this play.The New Hudson Shakespeare: Julius Caesar
Well, if you have, how are you going to spot the gerund and the gerundive?
Lovely, with a show of insouciance, bagged three gerunds and one gerundive.
In negative sentences the gerundive often conveys this idea of possibility.Selections from Viri Romae
Charles Franois L'Homond
For the Gerundive as the equivalent of the Gerund, see 339, 1.New Latin Grammar
Charles E. Bennett
- (in Latin grammar) an adjective formed from a verb, expressing the desirability of the activity denoted by the verb
- of or relating to the gerund or gerundive
C17: from Late Latin gerundīvus, from gerundium gerund
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Word Origin and History for gerundive
early 15c., from Latin gerundivus (modus), from gerundium (see gerund).
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