ablative absolute

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ab·la·tive absolute

In Latin grammar, an adverbial phrase syntactically independent from the rest of the sentence and containing a noun or pronoun plus an adjunct, usually a participle or adjective, with both elements in the ablative case.

ablative absolute

(Grammar) an absolute construction in Latin grammar in which a governor noun and a modifier in the ablative case function as a sentence modifier; for example, hostibus victis, "the enemy having been beaten"

ab′lative ab′solute

(in Latin) a grammatical construction independent of the rest of the sentence, consisting of a noun and a participle, noun and adjective, or two nouns, both in the ablative case, as Latin viā factā “the road having been made.”
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Noun1.ablative absolute - a constituent in Latin grammar; a noun and its modifier can function as a sentence modifier
grammatical constituent, constituent - (grammar) a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction
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We can never know for sure but it's hard to imagine that Frank has spent a lot of time over the last 15 years or so going head to head with intransitive verbs and the ablative absolute.
Quomodo glosses ablatives of accompaniment or manner and an ablative absolute. These glosses move beyond word-by-word analysis to identify the function of whole constructions.
3.107, and here tacta (which, incidentally, makes an ablative absolute with aure and so obviates any syntactical discomfort) is pointed.