(in certain inflected languages) noting a case whose distinctive function is to indicate place in or at which, as Latin domī “at home.”
the locative case.
a word in that case.
- un·loc·a·tive, adjective
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How to use locative in a sentence
Even Montenegro was to some degree influenced by this process, having lost one or two cases, such as the locative.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1 | Henry Baerlein
Wude′ligûñ′yĭ—the west; literally “there where it (the sun) goes down” (w prefixed implies distance, yĭ, locative).Myths of the Cherokee | James Mooney
Kin or Cin, older cind, is really a survival of the old dative or locative of Gael.
In Latin the locative has been confused with the genitive and the ablative, and the instrumental with the ablative.
In one of his later papers, he argues that the origin of such subjective nominals is often, perhaps generally, locative.
British Dictionary definitions for locative
(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
the locative case
a word or speech element in this case
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