gerundive

noun

ge·​run·​dive jə-ˈrən-div How to pronounce gerundive (audio)
1
: the Latin future passive participle that functions as the verbal adjective, that expresses the fitness or necessity of the action to be performed, and that has the same suffix as the gerund
2
: a verbal adjective in a language other than Latin analogous to the gerundive

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gerundive was in the 15th century

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“Gerundive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gerundive. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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