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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 (as Latin Domine in miserere, Domine “have mercy, O Lord”)

  2. 2 of a word or word group :  marking the one addressed (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


First Known Use: 15th century


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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

15th Century

First Known Use of vocative

15th century


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