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vocative

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adjective voc·a·tive \ˈvä-kə-tiv\

Definition of vocative

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or being a grammatical case marking the one addressed (such as Latin Domine in miserere, Domine “have mercy, O Lord”)

  2. 2 of a word or word group :  marking the one addressed (such as mother in “mother, come here”)

vocatively

adverb

Origin and Etymology of vocative

Middle English vocatif, from Middle French, from Latin vocativus, from vocatus, past participle of vocare


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vocative

noun voc·a·tive

Definition of vocative

  1. 1 :  the vocative case of a language

  2. 2 :  a form in the vocative case

First Known Use of vocative

15th century

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