Origin of optative
Examples from the Web for optative
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!
Neither the subjunctive nor the optative has any signs of mood at all, except the negative one of the absence of the augment.The English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
But in determining accent final –– and –– are counted short except in the optative mode and in a few words, , .A Greek Primer|Wallace Stearns
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 optative mood
- a verb in this mood
Word Origin for optative
in reference to grammatical mood expressing wish or desire, 1520s, from Middle French optatif (15c.), from Late Latin optativus, from Latin optatus "wished, desired, longed for," past participle of optare "to choose, wish, desire" (see option).