nominative absolute


noun Grammar.

a construction consisting in English of a noun, noun phrase, or pronoun in the nominative case followed by a predicate lacking a finite verb, used as a loose modifier of the whole sentence, as the play done in The play done, the audience left the theater.

Nearby words

  1. nominalize,
  2. nominally,
  3. nominate,
  4. nomination,
  5. nominative,
  6. nominative case,
  7. nominative of address,
  8. nominator,
  9. nominee,
  10. nomism

Origin of nominative absolute

First recorded in 1835–45; by analogy with ablative absolute

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