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

Definition of genitive

1 : of, relating to, or constituting a grammatical case marking typically a relationship of possessor or source — 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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“Genitive.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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