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obviative (plural obviatives)
- (linguistics) A grammatical marker in the Algonquian (and some other) languages for a third person other than the principal
- Obviate (abbreviated obv) third person is a grammatical person marking that distinguishes a non-salient (obviative) third person referent from a more salient (proximate) third person referent in a given discourse context. The obviative is sometimes referred to as the "fourth person".
obviative (not comparable)
- Describing such a marker