[ voh-tiv ]
/ ˈvoʊ tɪv /


offered, given, dedicated, etc., in accordance with a vow: a votive offering.
performed, undertaken, etc., in consequence of a vow.
of the nature of or expressive of a wish or desire.

Nearby words

  1. voter,
  2. voting,
  3. voting machine,
  4. voting paper,
  5. voting rights act of 1965,
  6. votive mass,
  7. votively,
  8. votress,
  9. votyak,
  10. vou.

Origin of votive

1585–95; < Latin vōtīvus, equivalent to vōt(um) a vow + -īvus -ive

Related formsvo·tive·ly, adverbvo·tive·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for votive


/ (ˈvəʊtɪv) /


offered, given, undertaken, performed or dedicated in fulfilment of or in accordance with a vow
RC Church optional; not prescribed; having the nature of a voluntary offeringa votive Mass; a votive candle
Derived Formsvotively, adverbvotiveness, noun

Word Origin for votive

C16: from Latin vōtīvus promised by a vow, from vōtum a vow

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Word Origin and History for votive



1590s, "dedicated or given in fulfillment of a vow," from Middle French votif, from Latin votivus "of or pertaining to a vow, conforming to one's wishes," from votum (see vow).

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