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- (abbreviation, grammar): opt.
optative (not comparable)
- Expressing a wish or a choice.
- a. 1662 (date written), Thomas Fuller, The History of the Worthies of England, London: […] J[ohn] G[rismond,] W[illiam] L[eybourne] and W[illiam] G[odbid], published 1662, OCLC 418859860:
- an optative blessing
- 1996, David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest, Back Bay, 2006. page 64.
- ... then, in the optative retirement from hard science that building and opening a U.S.T.A-accredited and pedagogically experimental tennis academy apparently represented for him ...
- (grammar) Related or pertaining to the optative mood.
expressing a wish
pertaining to the optative mood
optative (plural optatives)
- (grammar) A mood of verbs found in some languages (e.g. Sanskrit, Old Prussian, Ancient Greek), used to express a wish. English does not have inflectional optative forms.
- (grammar) A verb or expression in the optative mood.