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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.]
1. indicating or expressing choice, preference, or wish
2. (Grammar) grammar denoting a mood of verbs in Greek, Sanskrit, etc, expressing a wish
a. the optative mood
b. a verb in this mood
[C16: via French optatif, from Late Latin optātīvus, from Latin optāre to desire]
op•ta•tive(ˈɒp tə tɪv)
1. of or pertaining to a verb mood, as in Greek, used to express a wish or desire.n.
2. the optative mood.
3. a verb in the optative mood.
[1520–30; < Late Latin optātīvus= Latin optāt(us) (past participle of optāre; see opt, -ate1) + -īvus -ive]
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|Noun||1.||optative - a mood (as in Greek or Sanskrit) that expresses a wish or hope; expressed in English by modal verbs|
Sanskrit, Sanskritic language - (Hinduism) an ancient language of India (the language of the Vedas and of Hinduism); an official language of India although it is now used only for religious purposes
Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic - a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil
|Adj.||1.||optative - indicating an option or wish|
|2.||optative - relating to a mood of verbs in some languages; "optative verb endings"|
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)