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
Origin and Etymology of genitive
Middle English, from Latin genetivus, genitivus, literally, of generation (erroneous translation of Greek genikos genitive), from genitus
First Known Use: 14th century
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