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locative

[ lok-uh-tiv ]
/ ˈlɒk ə tɪv /
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adjective
(in certain inflected languages) noting a case whose distinctive function is to indicate place in or at which, as Latin domī “at home.”
noun
the locative case.
a word in that case.
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Origin of locative

1795–1805; locate + -ive, on the model of vocative

OTHER WORDS FROM locative

un·loc·a·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for locative

locative
/ (ˈlɒkətɪv) grammar /

adjective
(of a word or phrase) indicating place or direction
denoting a case of nouns, etc, that refers to the place at which the action described by the verb occurs
noun
  1. the locative case
  2. a word or speech element in this case

Word Origin for locative

C19: locate + -ive, on the model of vocative
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