[ il-uh-tiv, ih-ley-tiv ]
/ ˈɪl ə tɪv, ɪˈleɪ tɪv /
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.
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Example sentences 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
British Dictionary definitions for illative
/ (ɪˈleɪtɪv) /
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
Derived forms of illativeillatively, adverb
Word Origin for illative
C16: from Late Latin illātīvus inferring, concluding
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