UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/əˈkjuːzətɪv/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/əˈkjuzətɪv/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ə kyo̅o̅zə tiv)

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ac•cu•sa•tive /əˈkyuzətɪv/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. Grammarof or naming a grammatical case that indicates the object of a verb or sometimes a preposition: In Latin the word puēllām is the accusative form for "girl'' when it is used as a direct object.

n. [countable]
  1. Grammarthe accusative case, or a word in the accusative case: Use the accusative in the next sentence.

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ac•cu•sa•tive  (ə kyo̅o̅zə tiv),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. Grammar
    • (in certain inflected languages, as Latin, Greek, or Russian) noting a case whose distinctive function is to indicate the direct object of a verb or the object of certain prepositions.
    • similar to such a case form in function or meaning.
  2. Linguisticspertaining to a type of language in which there is an accusative case or in which subjects of transitive verbs behave the same way as subjects of intransitive verbs. Cf. ergative (def. 2).
  3. accusatory.

  1. Grammaran accusative case.
  2. Grammara word in an accusative case.
  3. Grammara form or construction of similar function.
ac•cusa•tive•ly, adv. 
  • Latin accūsātīvus, equivalent. to ac- ac- + -cūsātīvus, combining form of causātīvus (see causative) a loan-translation of Greek aitiatiké̄, in the sense of pointing to the origin or cause, accusing)
  • Middle French)
  • late Middle English ( 1400–50

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accusative /əˈkjuːzətɪv/ adj
  1. denoting a case of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives in inflected languages that is used to identify the direct object of a finite verb, of certain prepositions, and for certain other purposes
  2. another word for accusatorial
  1. the accusative case
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin; in grammar, from the phrase cāsus accūsātīvus accusative case, a mistaken translation of Greek ptōsis aitiatikē the case indicating causation. See accuse

accusatival /əˌkjuːzəˈtaɪvəl/ adj acˈcusatively adv
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