nom·​i·​na·​tive | \ ˈnäm-nə-tiv How to pronounce nominative (audio) , ˈnä-mə-; senses 2 & 3 are also ˈnä-mə-ˌnā- How to pronounce nominative (audio) \

Definition of nominative

1a : marking typically the subject of a verb especially in languages that have relatively full inflection nominative case
b : of or relating to the nominative case a nominative ending
2 : nominated or appointed by nomination
3 : bearing a person's name

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Other Words from nominative

nominative noun

Examples of nominative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a case of nominative determinism at its best, Parrott—a tall, bespectacled righty from southern California—was a first-round draft pick of the Orioles. Jon Tayler,, "The Rockies-Padres Series at Coors Field Was Bonkers in the Best Way Possible," 18 June 2019 Kelvin Droegemeier great example of nominative determinism — where your name lines up with your job — as Kelvin is the name of a unit on the thermodynamic temperature scale (one Kelvin is equal to one degree on the Celsius scale). Umair Irfan, Vox, "Trump finally picked a science adviser. He’s a meteorologist. Named Kelvin.," 1 Aug. 2018 More recently, a group of psychologists published a paper claiming that nominative determinism actually works. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "Must Dennis be a dentist?," 10 May 2018 The Congressional Gold Medal requires that nominative measures be sponsored by two-thirds of each chamber. Shane Sanderson, kansascity, "Senate votes to award Congressional Gold Medal to Bob Dole," 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of nominative

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for nominative

Middle English nominatyf, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French nominatif, from Latin (casus) nominativus nominative case, from nominare; from the traditional use of the nominative form in naming a noun

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“Nominative.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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nom·​i·​na·​tive | \ ˈnä-mə-nə-tiv How to pronounce nominative (audio) \

Kids Definition of nominative

: being or belonging to the case of a noun or pronoun that is usually the subject of a verb “Mary” in “Mary sees Anne” is in the nominative case.

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