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Of, relating to, or being the grammatical case indicating a state of being or an existence in a particular capacity or state in some languages, as in Finnish professorina, "as a professor."
1. The essive case.
2. A word or form in the essive case.
[Finnish essiivi, from New Latin essīvus : Latin esse, to be; see es- in Indo-European roots + Latin -īvus, -ive.]
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(Grammar) grammar a grammatical case denoting a state of being
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