WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 ac•cu•sa•tive /əˈkyuzətɪv/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- 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.
- Grammarthe accusative case, or a word in the accusative case: Use the accusative in the next sentence.
(ə kyo̅o̅′zə tiv),USA pronunciation adj.
- (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.
- 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).
- Grammaran accusative case.
- Grammara word in an accusative case.
- Grammara form or construction of similar function.
- 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
- 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
- another word for accusatorial
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 accuseaccusatival /əˌkjuːzəˈtaɪvəl/ adj acˈcusatively adv
- the accusative case
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