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ab·la·tive 1

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.]

ab·la·tive 2

1. Of, relating to, or capable of ablation.
2. Tending to ablate.

[From ablation.]

ab·la′tive·ly adv.


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.
(Grammar) grammar
a. the ablative case
b. a word or speech element in the ablative case


(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.
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]


(æˈbleɪ tɪv)

capable of or susceptible to ablation: the ablative nose cone of a rocket.
ab•la′tive•ly, adv.


A grammatical noun case that indicates movement away or a cause of something.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ablative - the case indicating the agent in passive sentences or the instrument or manner or place of the action described by the verb
oblique, oblique case - any grammatical case other than the nominative
Adj.1.ablative - relating to the ablative case
linguistics - the scientific study of language
2.ablative - tending to ablateablative - 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"


[ˈæblətɪv] (Ling)
A. ADJablativo
B. N (also ablative case) → ablativo m
in the ablativeen ablativo
C. CPD ablative absolute Nablativo m absoluto


nAblativ m; ablative absoluteAblativus absolutus
adjAblativ-; nounim Ablativ; ablative endingAblativendung f
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