Definition of Ablative

1. Noun. The case indicating the agent in passive sentences or the instrument or manner or place of the action described by the verb.

Exact synonyms: Ablative Case
Generic synonyms: Oblique, Oblique Case

2. Adjective. Relating to the ablative case.
Category relationships: Linguistics

3. Adjective. Tending to ablate; i.e. to be removed or vaporized at very high temperature. "Ablative material on a rocket cone"
Similar to: Subtractive
Derivative terms: Ablate

Definition of Ablative

1. a. Taking away or removing.

Definition of Ablative

1. Adjective. (obsolete) Taking away or removing. ¹

2. Adjective. (grammar) Applied to one of the cases of the noun in some languages, the fundamental meaning of the case being removal, separation, or taking away, and to a lesser degree, instrument, place, accordance, specifications, price, and difference in measurement. ¹

3. Adjective. (context: engineering nautical) Sacrificial, wearing away or being destroyed in order to protect the underlying, as in ablative paints used for antifouling.(defdate First attested in 1959.)(reference-book last = Dobbie first = Elliott K. coauthors = Dunmore, C. William, et al. editor = Barnhart, Robert K. title = Chambers Dictionary of Etymology origyear = 1998 year = 2004 publisher = Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd location = Edinburgh, Scotland isbn =0550142304 pages = 3). ¹

4. Noun. (grammar) The ablative case. ¹

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Definition of Ablative

1. a grammatical case [n -S]

Medical Definition of Ablative

1. 1. Taking away or removing. "Where the heart is forestalled with misopinion, ablative directions are found needful to unteach error, ere we can learn truth." (Bp. Hall) 2. Applied to one of the cases of the noun in Latin and some other languages, the fundamental meaning of the case being removal, separation, or taking away. See: ablation. Origin: F. Ablatif, ablative, L. Ablativus fr. Ablatus. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ablative

ablatio placentae
ablative (current term)
ablative absolute
ablative absolutes
ablative case
ablative cases

Literary usage of Ablative

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1. Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges: Founded on by Joseph Henry Allen, James Bradstreet Greenough, Benjamin Leonard D'Ooge (1903)
"The ablative is used to denote the relations expressed in English by the ... Words signifying Separation or Privation are followed by the ablative. 401. ..."

2. A Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges by Albert Harkness, Harkness, Albert, 1822-1907 (1870)
"Cause, Manner, and Means are denoted by the ablative: Ars ... This ablative is of very frequent occurrence, and is used both with verbs and adjectives. 2. ..."

3. Syntax of Early Latin by Charles Edwin Bennett (1914)
"ablative OF CAUSE.ยป Ebrard, Ie, refers the ablative of Cause exclusively to the Indo- European ablative. The evidence of several Indo-European languages ..."

4. American Journal of Philology by Project Muse, JSTOR (Organization) (1904)
"THE ablative ABSOLUTE IN THE EPISTLES OF CICERO, SENECA, PLINY AND PRONTO. In another article we discussed the use of Chiasmus in these writings,1 and here ..."

5. A Complete Latin Grammar by Albert Harkness (1898)
"Note the following special uses of the ablative : plus aequo, more than is fair; ... Instrumental ablative 472. The Instrumental ablative includes 1. ..."

6. A Practical Introduction to Latin Prose Composition by Thomas Kerchever Arnold, Jesse Ames Spencer (1867)
"(c) Some verbs of freeing from, removing from, differing from, being at a distance from, &c., are sometimes followed by the ablative, but generally (in ..."

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