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Origin of optative
OTHER WORDS FROM optativeop·ta·tive·ly, adverb
Words nearby optative
Example sentences from the Web for optative
An optative of this nature in the Lule language has already been mentioned.
The perfect of the optative is the second form of the future followed by the particle mono vo!
The preterit of the optative is formed by placing mono vo after the negative future; e.g., aguru mai mono vo 'oh!
Shall is confined to a sort of optative, indicating much more than mere intention, and even here it is yielding to will.The American Language|Henry L. Mencken
The form aguei is used by Collado in the construction of the optative below.
British Dictionary definitions for optative
- the optative mood
- a verb in this mood