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1. Expressing a wish or choice.
a. Of, relating to, or being a mood of verbs in some languages, such as Greek, used to express a wish.
b. Designating a statement using a verb in the subjunctive mood to indicate a wish or desire, as in Had I the means, I would do it.
1. The optative mood.
2. A verb or an expression in the optative mood.
[Middle English optatif, from Old French, from Late Latin optātīvus, from Latin optātus, past participle of optāre, to wish.]
in a manner which expresses the speaker's desires