gerundive

noun
ge·​run·​dive | \ jə-ˈrən-div How to pronounce gerundive (audio) \

Definition of gerundive

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

First Known Use of gerundive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Gerundive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gerundive. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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