jus·​sive ˈjə-siv How to pronounce jussive (audio)
: a word, form, case, or mood expressing command
jussive adjective

Word History


Latin jussus, past participle of jubēre to order; akin to Polish judzić to incite, Sanskrit yudhyati he fights

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jussive was in 1846

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“Jussive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jussive. Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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