• (America) IPA: /ˈvɑkətɪv/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈvɒkətɪv/


  1. Of or pertaining to calling; used in calling or vocation.
  2. (grammar) Used in address; appellative (said of that case or form of the noun, pronoun, or adjective, in which a person or thing is addressed). For example "Domine, O Lord"
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vocative (plural vocatives)

  1. (grammar) The vocative case
  2. (grammar) A word in the vocative case
  3. (rare) Something said to (or as though to) a particular person or thing; an entreaty, an invocation.
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 50:
      [T]he two latter will hardly come neither, if they think it will be to hear your whining vocatives.

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