- of, relating to, or expressing illation; inferential: an illative word such as “therefore.”
- Grammar. noting a case, as in Finnish, whose distinctive function is to indicate place into or toward which.
- Grammar. the illative case.
Origin of illative
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Examples from the Web for illative
The repetition of the injunction "be not careful" again with the illative "therefore" is quite in the spirit of E.Supernatural Religion, Vol. I. (of III)
Walter Richard Cassels
- of or relating to illation; inferential
- grammar denoting a word or morpheme used to signal inference, for example so or therefore
- (in the grammar of Finnish and other languages) denoting a case of nouns expressing a relation of motion or direction, usually translated by the English prepositions into or towardsCompare elative (def. 1)
- the illative case
- an illative word or speech element
C16: from Late Latin illātīvus inferring, concluding
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Word Origin and History for illative
"inferential," 1610s, from Late Latin illativus, from Latin illatus "brought in," used as past participle of inferre. As a noun from 1590s.
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