elative

adjective
ela·​tive | \ ˈēlətiv, ˈel- \

Definition of elative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

of a grammatical case
: denoting motion away from

elative

noun
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of elative (Entry 2 of 2)

1 linguistics : the absolute superlative
2 [elative entry 1]
a : the elative case of a language
b : a form in the elative case

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History and Etymology for elative

Adjective

Latin elatus + English -ive

Noun

Latin elatus + English -ive

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“Elative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elative. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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