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accusative

adjective ac·cu·sa·tive \ ə-ˈkyü-zə-tiv \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of accusative

1 : of, relating to, or being the grammatical case that marks the direct object of a verb or the object of any of several prepositions
2 : accusatory
  • an accusative tone

Origin and Etymology of accusative

Middle English accusatif, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin accūsātīvus, from accūsātus (past participle of accūsāre "to find fault with, accuse") + -īvus -ive
Note: Accūsātīvus is the Latin translation of Greek (ptôsis) aitiatikḗ; the early Roman grammarians who coined it presumably had in mind the verb aitiâsthai, which means both "to accuse, censure" and "to allege as the cause." The base of aitiâsthai is aitía, which corresponds approximately in meaning with causa, the base of accūsāre. Nonetheless, if ptôsis aitiatikḗ is the "causal case," cāsus accūsātīvus does not really convey the same idea, and the translation is more apt etymologically than literally.


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accusative

noun

Definition of accusative

: the accusative case of a language : a form in the accusative case

Examples of accusative in a Sentence

  1. a noun in the accusative

Origin and Etymology of accusative

Middle English accusatif, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin accūsātīvus, from accūsātīvus 1accusative


ACCUSATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

accusative

noun

Definition of accusative for English Language Learners

  • grammar : the form of a noun or pronoun when it is the direct object of a verb or the object of a preposition


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