obligative

adjective

ob·​li·​ga·​tive
1
: entailing an obligation : obligatory
an obligative contract
2
3
a
: characterized by or relating to the obligative mood
b
: containing a form in the obligative mood

Word History

Etymology

Latin obligatus (past participle of obligare to oblige) + English -ive

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near obligative

Cite this Entry

“Obligative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obligative. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!