- (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.
Origin of nominative
OTHER WORDS FROM nominativenom·i·na·tive·ly, adverbun·nom·i·na·tive, adjective
Words nearby nominative
How to use nominative in a sentence
Her spot, however was a newly created nominative one, that allowed her to compete in the all-around competition but not in the team event.U.S. Gymnast Jade Carey Wins Gold in Gymnastics Floor Event Final at Tokyo Olympics|Alice Park/Tokyo|August 2, 2021|Time
As it stands, Carey in the nominative spot is a de facto alternate for the four-person team.How To Build The Best Gymnastics Team Around Simone Biles|Dvora Meyers|June 23, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
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