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loc·​a·​tive ˈlä-kə-tiv How to pronounce locative (audio)
: the locative case
also : a word in that case


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: of, relating to, or being a grammatical case (see case entry 1 sense 3a) that denotes the place where someone or something is present or the place where an event occurs

Examples of locative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Some of this will be locative: keeping people at home, or close to it. IEEE Spectrum, 6 Jan. 2021

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Word History



Latin locus + English -ative (as in vocative)

First Known Use


1804, in the meaning defined above


1778, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of locative was in 1778

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“Locative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locative. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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