nom·i·na·tive | \ˈnäm-nə-tiv, ˈnä-mə-; senses 2 & 3 are also ˈnä-mə-ˌnā- \

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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nominative noun

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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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nom·i·na·tive | \ˈnä-mə-nə-tiv \

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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to reject or criticize sharply

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