ablative absolute


Definition of ablative absolute

: a construction in Latin in which a noun or pronoun and its adjunct both in the ablative case form together an adverbial phrase expressing generally the time, cause, or an attendant circumstance of an action

Examples of ablative absolute in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Latin is seductive—the consummate logic of its syntactical cases, the mercurial dance of the ablative absolute. Cynthia Ozick, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2022

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First Known Use of ablative absolute

1631, in the meaning defined above

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17 Aug 2022

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“Ablative absolute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ablative%20absolute. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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