optative

[ op-tuh-tiv ]
/ ˈɒp tə tɪv /
Grammar

adjective

designating or pertaining to a verb mood, as in Greek, that has among its functions the expression of a wish, as Greek íoimen “may we go, we wish we might go.”

noun

the optative mood.
a verb in the optative mood.

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Origin of optative

1520–30; <Late Latin optātīvus, equivalent to Latin optāt(us) (past participle of optāre;see opt, -ate1) + -īvus-ive

OTHER WORDS FROM optative

op·ta·tive·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for optative

optative
/ (ˈɒptətɪv) /

adjective

indicating or expressing choice, preference, or wish
grammar denoting a mood of verbs in Greek, Sanskrit, etc, expressing a wish

noun

grammar
  1. the optative mood
  2. a verb in this mood

Word Origin for optative

C16: via French optatif, from Late Latin optātīvus, from Latin optāre to desire
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