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vocative

[ vok-uh-tiv ]
/ ˈvɒk ə tɪv /
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adjective
Grammar. (in certain inflected languages, as Latin) noting or pertaining to a case used to indicate that a noun refers to a person or thing being addressed.
of, relating to, or used in calling, specifying, or addressing.
noun Grammar.
the vocative case.
a word in the vocative, as Latin Paule “O Paul.”
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Origin of vocative

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin vocātīvus (cāsus) calling (case), equivalent to vocāt(us) (see vocation) + -īvus-ive

OTHER WORDS FROM vocative

voc·a·tive·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for vocative

vocative
/ (ˈvɒkətɪv) /

adjective
relating to, used in, or characterized by calling
grammar denoting a case of nouns, in some inflected languages, used when the referent of the noun is being addressed
noun
grammar
  1. the vocative case
  2. a vocative noun or speech element

Derived forms of vocative

vocatively, adverb

Word Origin for vocative

C15: from Latin phrase vocātīvus cāsus the calling case, from vocāre to call
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