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Of, relating to, or being the grammatical case indicating motion out of a place in some languages, as in Finnish hotellista, "out of the hotel."
1. The elative case.
2. A word or form in the elative case.

[New Latin ēlātīvus : from Latin ēlātus, past participle of efferre, to bring out; see elate + -ive.]
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(Grammar) (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 out of or away from. Compare illative3
a. the elative case
b. an elative word or speech element
[C19: from Latin ēlātus, past participle of efferre to carry out; see elate]
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The partitive as well as elative are compatible with both definite and indefinite readings.
The non-finite elative form has functions attributed to the elative form of other common nouns, i.e.
In the Finnic languages, for instance, there are examples of the merger between a lative and locative case, namely the allative and adessive in Karelian (Kettunen 1960 : 17), whereas the geographically adjacent Veps has examples of a merger of a locative and ablative case, namely the inessive and elative. However, in another tri-partite local case set Veps demonstrates a merger between a lative and locative case that will be examined in more detail below.
For instance, in kala-type nominals, we find the lengthening of the stem consonant -l- before the inflexional exponent in the partitive and illative cells in the singular (with attendant alternation in tone), and the palatalization of this (short) consonant in the partitive, elative, inessive and illative cells in the plural.
While urging Nigerians of 18 years and above to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), the clergy commended the government for signing into law, the bill allowing young persons to run for elative offices.
It cannot refer to the action itself (to the process of teetering) because in this function the form can attach only illative marker--not the elative, as in (15).
As such, the adoption of fiscal rules has a significant impact in reducing elative government borrowing costs in international and domestic credit markets even after controlling for debt reduction.
In the last two years, an elderly elative has been in and out of Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock and has been cared for in the renal and stroke units.
We used isobaric tags for elative and absolute quantitation and Western blotting to identify altered proteins after SXSM treatment.
* holding the ebullient energy and enthusiasm by maintaining the contact with their own ideal self at every moment in life; (ELATIVE VISION--choosing to aim high even when the odds are against them rather than aim low for the certainty of winning).
Bogs Obuyes, also a former staff has P24 million (Dh2 million), and the latter's elative, Marrel Obuyes has P2.2 million (Dh188,888), said Aguirre.
L a Chambre des representants, reunie mercredi en seance pleniere, a adopte en seconde lecture a l'unanimite la Loi Nu 107-12 modifiant et completant la Loi Nu 44-00 r elative aux immeubles en l'etat futur d'achevement completant le Dahir du 9 Ramadan 1331 (12 aout 1913) formant code des Obligations et des contrats.