optative

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (abbreviation, grammar): opt.

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French optatif, from Late Latin optātīvus, from Latin optātus, past participle of optāre.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɒptətɪv/, /ɒpˈteɪtɪv/
  • Hyphenation: op‧ta‧tive
  • Rhymes: -eɪtɪv

Adjective[edit]

optative ‎(not comparable)

  1. Expressing a wish or a choice.
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  2. (grammar) Related or pertaining to the optative mood.

Noun[edit]

optative ‎(plural optatives)

  1. (grammar) A mood of verbs found in some languages (e.g. Old Prussian, Ancient Greek), used to express a wish. English has no inflexional optative mood, but it has modal verbs like "might" and "may" that express possibility.
  2. (grammar) A verb or expression in the optative mood.

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French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

optative

  1. feminine singular of optatif

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

optātīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of optātīvus