precative

adjective
prec·​a·​tive | \ ˈprekətiv \

Definition of precative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : precatory, beseeching a precative utterance
2 : of, relating to, or constituting a verb form expressing a wish or request

precative

noun
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of precative (Entry 2 of 2)

: a precative verb form

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History and Etymology for precative

Adjective

Late Latin precativus, from Latin precatus (past participle of precari to entreat, pray) + -ivus -ive

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“Precative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/precative. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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