ab·​so·​lu·​tive ˌab-sə-ˈlü-tiv How to pronounce absolutive (audio)
: of, relating to, or being an inflectional morpheme that typically marks the subject of an intransitive verb or the direct object of a transitive verb in an ergative language

Word History


absolute + -ive

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of absolutive was in 1874

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Cite this Entry

“Absolutive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absolutive. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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