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Of, relating to, or being a grammatical case indicating separation, direction away from, sometimes manner or agency, and the object of certain verbs. It is found in Latin and other Indo-European languages.
1. The ablative case.
2. A word in this case.
[Middle English, from Latin ablātīvus, from ablātus, carried away; see ablation.]
1. Of, relating to, or capable of ablation.
2. Tending to ablate.
1. (Grammar) grammar (in certain inflected languages such as Latin) denoting a case of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives indicating the agent in passive sentences or the instrument, manner, or place of the action described by the verb
2. taking away or removing: ablative surgery.
3. (Aeronautics) able to disintegrate or be worn away at a very high temperature: a thick layer of ablative material.
a. the ablative case
b. a word or speech element in the ablative case
ab•la•tive1(ˈæb lə tɪv)
1. of or designating a grammatical case that is used to mark the starting point of an action and, in Latin, to indicate manner, instrument, or agent.n.
2. the ablative case.
3. a word or other form in this case, as Tusculō “from Tusculum,” honōre “with honor.”
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin]
capable of or susceptible to ablation: the ablative nose cone of a rocket.
A grammatical noun case that indicates movement away or a cause of something.
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|Noun||1.||ablative - the case indicating the agent in passive sentences or the instrument or manner or place of the action described by the verb|
|Adj.||1.||ablative - relating to the ablative case|
linguistics - the scientific study of language
|2.||ablative - tending to ablate; i.e. to be removed or vaporized at very high temperature; "ablative material on a rocket cone"|
subtractive - constituting or involving subtraction; "a subtractive correction"