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nominative

[ nom-uh-nuh-tiv, nom-nuh- or, for 2, 3, nom-uh-ney-tiv ]
/ ˈnɒm ə nə tɪv, ˈnɒm nə- or, for 2, 3, ˈnɒm əˌneɪ tɪv /
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adjective
Grammar.
  1. (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.
  2. similar to such a case in function or meaning.Compare subjective.
nominated; appointed by nomination.
made out in a person's name, as a certificate or security.
noun Grammar.
the nominative case.
a word in the nominative case.
a form or construction of similar function or meaning.
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Origin of nominative

1350–1400; <Latin nominātīvus (see nominate, -ive), replacing Middle English nominatif<Middle French <Latin as above

OTHER WORDS FROM nominative

nom·i·na·tive·ly, adverbun·nom·i·na·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nominative

nominative
/ (ˈnɒmɪnətɪv, ˈnɒmnə-) /

adjective
grammar denoting a case of nouns and pronouns in inflected languages that is used esp to identify the subject of a finite verbSee also subjective (def. 6)
appointed rather than elected to a position, office, etc
bearing the name of a person
noun
grammar
  1. the nominative case
  2. a word or speech element in the nominative case

Derived forms of nominative

nominatival (ˌnɒmɪnəˈtaɪvəl, ˌnɒmnə-), adjectivenominatively, adverb

Word Origin for nominative

C14: from Latin nōminātīvus belonging to naming, from nōmen name
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