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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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With increasing knowledge of illative active constituents of TCM and rapid development of analytical methods, pharmacokinetic studies of complex mixtures of compounds in TCM have become available in the last decade.
The first stage in Finocchiaro's ambitious project is to negotiate the difference between dialectical and illative approaches to arguments, but what he ends up doing is effectively breaching the wall between them: everything proactively offered in support of a conclusion can be read as a response to possible or implicit opponents, while dialectical moves in response to explicit questions, objections, or counterarguments all can (and arguably ought to be) incorporated into the original illative justification for that conclusion.
Examples of the latter he indicates are in "Christopher Dawson's historical essay and Newman's illative sense.
Abbreviations Abbreviation Explanation 1 1st person 2 2nd person 3 3rd person ADJ adjectiviser ADV adverbiliser CAR caritive CONJ conjunctive DEF definite DIM diminutive ELA elative ENCL enclitic FREQ frequentative GEN genitive ILL illative INE inessive INF infinitive IMP imperative LAT lative NEG negative NOM nominaliser PASS passive PL plural PST past PTCP participle REFL reflexive SG singular TRA translative
Finnish, the only non-Indo-European language in this list, makes the distinction entirely through case marking on the noun, kaupunki 'town' with the inessive case suffix -ssa for 'being in' and the illative -in for 'moving into'.
His is the ultimate deployment of what John Cardinal Newman called "the illative sense" [an epistemological tool allowing for the conversion of probabilities in favor of a conclusion, Ed.
All thought is inferential, and the basic semiotic relation must be inferential, or illative.
It is true that a new principle is introduced to explain revealed religious belief in PartII, namely the Illative Sense; as Newman systematically points out, however, the Illative Sense is operative in all kinds of human knowledge including science, politics, literary criticism, as well as religion.
In addition to this illative function, fMRI images also assert claims about where and to what extent the brain is active when specific mental processes are performed.
264) has focused on a dialectical tier that exists in relation to an underlying illative tier, which is the premise-conclusion part of the argument's structure.
Although these poems bear little overt resemblance to Rimbaud's Illuminations, they attempt to establish a similar derangement, though for Vangelisti the illative target is the degree of instantaneous alienation rather than synesthetic logic.