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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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P.ILL--allomorph of the illative case marker which appears before possessive suffixes
* illative case (podesko 'cauldron:ILL'--pod+esk+o, portesko 'house:ILL'--port+esk+o, jaleske 'village:ILL'--jal+esk+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).