Definition of Nominative case

1. Noun. The category of nouns serving as the grammatical subject of a verb.

Exact synonyms: Nominative, Subject Case
Generic synonyms: Case, Grammatical Case
Antonyms: Oblique

Definition of Nominative case

1. Noun. (grammar) The case used to indicate the subject—or agent—of a finite verb. ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete grammar) The subject of a verb. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Nominative Case

nominate subordinate taxon
nominating address
nominating speech
nominative absolute
nominative case (current term)
nominative cases
nominative type system
nominative type systems
nominativus pendens

Literary usage of Nominative case

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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 (1916)
"... nominative case 339. The Subject of a finite verb is in the Nominative: — Caesar ... nominative case ..."

2. English Grammar: Adapted to the Different Classes of Learners : with an by Lindley Murray (1805)
"In English, the nominative case, denoting the subject, usually goes before the verb ; and the objective case, denoting the object, follows tl>i verb active ..."

3. A Comparative Grammar of the Dravidian Or South-Indian Family of Languages by Robert Caldwell (1875)
"The Nominative—Absence of nominative case-Terminations. ... The neuter termination am might at first sight be supposed to be a nominative case-sign. ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"... all other cases arc represented either by prepositions or by the position of the noun in the sentence, the nominative case usually preceding the verb, ..."

5. English Grammar in Familiar Lectures: Accompanied by a Compendium, Embracing by Samuel Kirkham (1834)
"The nominative case governs the verb. (Decline it.) Increases is a verb, a word that signifies to do—active, it expresses action—intransitive, ..."

6. English Grammar: The English Language in Its Elements and Forms ; with a by William Chauncey Fowler (1855)
"nominative case. § 481. RULE I.—A Noun used either as the SUBJECT or the PREDICATE of a finite verb is in the nominative case; as, "Man reasons;" " he is ..."

7. The Massachusetts Teacher by Massachusetts Teachers' Association (Founded 1845), Massachusetts Teachers Federation, Massachusetts Teachers' Association (1858)
"What rule have you ever learned for the nominative case P Ans. The subject of a sentence must be in the nominative case. Well, that rule will do for the ..."

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