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  • enPR: ăbsəlo͞o'tĭv, IPA(key): /ˌæbsəˈluːtɪv/


absolutive (not comparable)

  1. (grammar) Of or pertaining to the grammatical case used to indicate the patient or experiencer of a verb’s action.
  2. (rare) Of, exhibiting, or pertaining to absolution; absolutory, absolving.
    • 1986, Young Yun Kim, Interethnic communication: current research (Sage Publications, Inc):
      (1) Absolution: The speaker says the act was not what was understood, and that it did not occur as charged anyway. [...] His repeated denials should be viewed as an absolutive strategy in which the facts themselves are disputed, [...]
    • 1991, Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Spiritual Intimacy: A Study of Counseling in Hasidism (Jason Aronson):
      [...], the forgiving process is easier because the full cathartic effect, in all its absolutive power, comes into play after a heightened awareness of sinfulness.
    • 1992, Beth Ingold, Essays in presidential rhetoric (Kendall Hunt Pub Co):
      The absolutive appeal is exemplified in two Nixon statements. [] Absolution is a posture designed to clear fully the accused party from any hint of wrongdoing. []

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absolutive (plural absolutives)

  1. (grammar) The absolutive case, or a phrase that uses it.
  2. (grammar) An uninflected verb form used to indicate another action performed by the subject of the principal verb.