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EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • (abbreviation, grammar): opt.

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French optatif, from Late Latin optātīvus, a calque of Ancient Greek εὐκτική (euktikḗ, related to wishing), from Latin optātus, past participle of optāre.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɒptətɪv/, /ɒpˈteɪtɪv/
  • Hyphenation: op‧ta‧tive
  • Rhymes: -eɪtɪv

AdjectiveEdit

optative (not comparable)

  1. Expressing a wish or a choice.
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  2. (grammar) Related or pertaining to the optative mood.

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NounEdit

optative (plural optatives)

  1. (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.
  2. (grammar) A verb or expression in the optative mood.

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FrenchEdit

AdjectiveEdit

optative

  1. feminine singular of optatif

LatinEdit

AdjectiveEdit

optātīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of optātīvus