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- (grammar, uncountable and countable) The jussive mood, a verb inflection used to indicate a command, permission or agreement with a request; an instance of a verb so inflected.
- 1990, Bruce K. Waltke, Michael Patrick O′Connor, An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax, page 566:
- For example, in the Aaronide blessing, only two of the six verbs are formally jussives, yet all have the same volitional sense.
- 2003, Robert E. Longacre, Joseph: A Story of Divine Providence: A Text Theoretical and Textlinguistic Analysis of Genesis 37 and 39-48, 2nd edition, footnote, page 121:
- As far as the jussive goes — ignoring the very few occurrences of this in first person — it can be noted that most of the second-person jussives are in negative commands.
- 2003, Sharon Rose, “The formation of Ethiopian Semitic internal reduplication”, in Joseph Shimron, editor, Language Processing and Acquisition in Languages of Semitic, Root-Based, Morphology, page 90:
- If, on the other hand, reference is made purely to the root, we would expect all frequentative jussives to appear with a front element, producing *mɨt′ət′ɨs instead of mɨt′ət′ɨs (19d).
- 2006, Robert Ray Ellis, Learning to Read Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar, page 174:
- The jussive and cohortative usually convey more indirect, or more subtle, expressions of volition than the imperative does.
- (Arabic grammar) A verbal mood of vague or miscellaneous senses, occurring after some particles and in conditional clauses.
- Synonym: apocopate
The jussive mood is similar to the cohortative mood, except that it also applies to verbs in the second and third person. The jussive mood is absent from English; it is present in Hebrew, Arabic, and Esperanto.
jussive (not comparable)
- (grammar) Of or in the jussive mood.
of or in the jussive mood