- (in certain inflected languages, as Sanskrit, Latin, and Russian) noting a case having as its function the indication of the subject of a finite verb, as in Latin Nauta bonus est “The sailor is good,” with nauta “sailor” in the nominative case.
- similar to such a case in function or meaning.Compare subjective.
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Origin of nominative
OTHER WORDS FROM nominativenom·i·na·tive·ly, adverbun·nom·i·na·tive, adjective
Words nearby nominative
Example sentences from the Web for nominative
Drench is the causative of drink: here the nominative of the verb is ‘Iris’ and the object ‘beds.’Milton's Comus|John Milton
A personal pronoun has two cases the nominative and the objective.A Week of Instruction and Amusement,|Mrs. Harley
Moreover, fet of the plural applies only to the nominative and accusative; the genitive has fota, the dative fotum.Language|Edward Sapir
The number of the nominative pronoun appears to be thus rendered precise, but the objective is still indefinite.
By adding this form to the active verb, its action is reversed, and thrown back on the nominative.
British Dictionary definitions for nominative
- the nominative case
- a word or speech element in the nominative case