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 (ĭl′ə-tĭv, ĭ-lā′-)
1. Of, relating to, or of the nature of an illation.
2. Expressing or preceding an inference. Used of a word.
3. Grammar Of, relating to, or being a grammatical case indicating motion toward or into in some languages, as in Finnish Helsinkiin, "to Helsinki."
1. A word or phrase, such as hence or for that reason, that expresses an inference.
2. See illation.
3. Grammar
a. The illative case.
b. A word or form in the illative case.

il′la·tive·ly adv.


1. (Logic) of or relating to illation; inferential
2. (Grammar) grammar denoting a word or morpheme used to signal inference, for example so or therefore
3. (Linguistics) (in the grammar of Finnish and other languages) denoting a case of nouns expressing a relation of motion or direction, usually translated by the English prepositions into or towards. Compare elative1
(Grammar) grammar
a. the illative case
b. an illative word or speech element
[C16: from Late Latin illātīvus inferring, concluding]
ilˈlatively adv


(ˈɪl ə tɪv, ɪˈleɪ tɪv)

of or expressing illation; inferential: an illative word such as “therefore.”
[1585–95; < Late Latin]
il′la•tive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.illative - relating to or having the nature of illation or inference; "the illative faculty of the mind"
2.illative - resembling or dependent on or arrived at by inference; "an illative conclusion"; "inferential reasoning"
deductive - involving inferences from general principles
3.illative - expressing or preceding an inference; "`therefore' is an illative word"
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)
deductive - involving inferences from general principles


A position arrived at by reasoning from premises or general principles:
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Acc = accusative Ade = adessive Caus = causative Cl = class Com = comitative Cop = copula Dat = dative Dec = declarative Def = definite Dem = demonstrative Ess = essive Exi = existential Fem = feminine Gen = genitive Ill = illative Imperf = imperfect Impers = impersonal Inf = infinitive Ins = instrumental Ind = indicative Indef = indefinite Loc = locative Masc = masculine Neg = negation Nom = nominative Obj = object Part = partitive Pass = passive Pl = plural Pos = possessive Pres = present Pret = preterite Psm = possessum Psr = possessor Ptc = participle Refl = reflexive Rel = relative Sg = singular
In Part 1 Dunne makes some very pertinent remarks in helping us see the connections between Newman's illative sense and Aristotle's phronesis.
1) In nominal paradigms with a monosyllabic long monophthong or long opening diphthongs the illative singular form receives the broken tone (su 'mouth' vs.
The illative sense reasons in its own way" (Dulles, The Survival of Dogma 40).
In Finnic languages, a verb with the source meaning 'come' has developed future usages for example in Finnish, in which tulla combines with supine illative (suffix-mAAn), like in (26).
Polanyi's notion of tacit knowing and Newman's illative sense contribute to Dulles's appreciation of the surplus character of symbolic mediation.
The Estonian language reform made efforts to revitalize the instructive and to prefer to the older, fusive forms of the partitive plural and the illative singular where parallel forms existed.
In the modern Erzya literary language the illative infinitive in ms is attested in three vowel contexts, e.
The indefiniteness marker melhez mind-ILL-3sG 'pleases; to be pleased with something' is historically an inflectional form of the noun mel 'mind' consisting of the stem, the illative case and the possessive suffixe (Alvre 1982 : 53; 1985 : 23; Hienonen 2009 : 79; Kettunen 1943 : 420).
The latter also appears in Estonian, where a short consonant can be lengthened to overlong in illative case, e.
lp Sus ledje vattisvruodat vazzit ~ fi Hanella oli vaikeuksia kavella 'It was hard for him to walk' | lp Son lei cappat oaidnit ~ fi Han oli kaunis katsella She was beautiful to look at (different subject, rare, passive meaning: she was beautiful--someone else was looking) | lp Son lei ceahppi muitalit ~ fi Han oli taitava muistelemaan 'He was good at telling stories', literally He was good at remembering (same subject, active: he was good--he was telling stories; in Finnish they use the illative of the third infinitive).
The nominative does not have a marker in general; the genitive has lost the final *-n and presents a bare stem; one of the variants of the partitive marker (-a/-a) merges with the final a/a vowel of the stem; and the illative can have an unmarked short form (except in monosyllabic nouns).