adjective (1)
ab·​la·​tive | \ ˈa-blə-tiv How to pronounce ablative (audio) \

Definition of ablative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being a grammatical case (see case entry 1 sense 3a) that typically marks a person, place, or thing from which someone or something else is separated or the source from which someone or something comes, and is also frequently used to indicate the cause of an event or condition or the instrument by which an action is accomplished — see also ablative absolute


adjective (2)
ab·​la·​tive | \ a-ˈblā-tiv How to pronounce ablative (audio) \

Definition of ablative (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to ablation
2 : tending to ablate ablative material on a nose cone

Other Words from ablative

Adjective (1)

ablative noun

Adjective (2)

ablatively adverb

First Known Use of ablative

Adjective (1)

circa 1500, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ablative

Adjective (1)

Middle English ablatif, borrowed from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French ablatif, borrowed from Latin ablātīvus, from ablātus, suppletive past participle of auferre "to carry away, remove" + -īvus -ive — more at ablate

Adjective (2)

ablate + -ive

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“Ablative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ablative. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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ab·​la·​tive | \ a-ˈblā-tiv, ə- How to pronounce ablative (audio) \

Medical Definition of ablative

: relating to or involving surgical ablation ablative treatment ablative techniques

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