EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun (in Latin) a verbal adjective similar to the gerund in form and noting the obligation, necessity, or worthiness of the action to be done, as legendus in Liber legendus est, “The book is worth reading.” See also gerund. (def 1) Origin of gerundive
First recorded in
1375–1425; late Middle English
-ive Related forms ger·un·di·val , [jer- uh n- dahy-v uh l] /ˌdʒɛr ənˈdaɪ vəl/ adjective ge·run·dive·ly, adverb non·ge·run·dive, adjective non·ge·run·dive·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for gerundive Historical Examples of gerundive
gerundive use of the infinitive is very common in this play.
Well, if you have, how are you going to spot the gerund and the
Lovely, with a show of insouciance, bagged three gerunds and one
In negative sentences the
gerundive often conveys this idea of possibility.
Gerundive as the equivalent of the Gerund, see 339, 1. British Dictionary definitions for gerundive noun (in Latin grammar) an adjective formed from a verb, expressing the desirability of the activity denoted by the verb adjective of or relating to the gerund or gerundive Derived Forms gerundival ( ˌdʒɛrənˈdaɪv), əl adjective gerundively, adverb Word Origin for gerundive
C17: from Late Latin
gerundīvus, from gerundium gerund
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Word Origin and History for gerundive adj.
early 15c., from Latin
gerundivus (modus), from gerundium (see gerund).
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