of a set of verb forms
: expressing a wish : precative
used of an aorist optative in Sanskrit and of moods with similar grammatical meaning in other languages
benedictively adverb

Word History


Late Latin benedictus (past participle of benedicere to bless) + English -ive

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“Benedictive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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