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jussive

[ juhs-iv ]
/ ˈdʒʌs ɪv /
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adjective
(especially in Semitic languages) expressing a mild command.
noun
a jussive form, mood, case, construction, or word.
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Origin of jussive

1840–50; <Latin juss(us) (past participle of jubēre to command) + -ive
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British Dictionary definitions for jussive

jussive
/ (ˈdʒʌsɪv) /

adjective
grammar another word for imperative (def. 3)

Word Origin for jussive

C19: from Latin jūssus ordered, from jubēre to command
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