dative
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈdeɪtɪv/
Adjective

dative (not comparable)

  1. (grammar) Noting the case of a noun which expresses the remoter or indirect object, generally indicated in English by to or for with the objective.
  2. (obsolete, legal) In one’s gift; capable of being disposed of at will and pleasure, as an office or other privilege.
  3. (obsolete, legal) Removable, as distinguished from perpetual; — said of an officer.
  4. (obsolete, legal) Given by a judge, as distinguished from being cast upon a party by the law itself.
  5. (science) Formed by two electrons contributed by one atom; see dative bond.
Translations Translations Noun

dative (plural datives)

  1. (grammar) The dative case.



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