[ 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.

Origin of votive

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

Related forms

vo·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 Forms

votively, adverbvotiveness, noun

Word Origin for votive

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