gen·​i·​tive | \ ˈje-nə-tiv How to pronounce genitive (audio) \

Definition of genitive

1 : of, relating to, or being a grammatical case (see case entry 1 sense 3a) that typically marks a person or thing that possesses someone or something else or the source from which someone or something comes — compare possessive
2 : expressing a relationship that in some inflected languages is often marked by a genitive case used especially of English prepositional phrases introduced by of

Other Words from genitive

genitive noun

First Known Use of genitive

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for genitive

Middle English, from Latin genetivus, genitivus, literally, of generation (erroneous translation of Greek genikos genitive), from genitus

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The first known use of genitive was in the 14th century

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20 Jan 2021

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“Genitive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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