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optative

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adjective op·ta·tive \ˈäp-tə-tiv\

Definition of optative

  1. 1 a :  of, relating to, or constituting a verbal mood that is expressive of wish or desire b :  of, relating to, or constituting a sentence that is expressive of wish or hope

  2. 2 :  expressing desire or wish

optative

noun

optatively

adverb


15th Century

First Known Use of optative

15th century


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