dative

adjective
da·​tive | \ ˈdā-tiv How to pronounce dative (audio) \

Definition of dative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being a grammatical case (see case entry 1 sense 3a) that typically marks the indirect object of a verb, the object of some prepositions, or a person or thing that possesses someone or something else

dative

noun

Definition of dative (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dative case or form

Examples of dative in a Sentence

Noun a noun in the dative

First Known Use of dative

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dative

Adjective

Middle English datif, from Latin dativus, from datus

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The first known use of dative was in the 15th century

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“Dative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dative. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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dative

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dative

grammar : the form of a noun or pronoun when it is the indirect object of a verb

dative

adjective
da·​tive | \ ˈdā-tiv How to pronounce dative (audio) \

Legal Definition of dative

in the civil law of Louisiana
1 : appointed by a judge
2 : established by judicial appointment dative tutorship

History and Etymology for dative

Medieval Latin dativus subject to appointment, from Latin, assigned (of a guardian), from datus, past participle of dare to give

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