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English

Etymology

French ablatif, ablative, Latin ablativus from ablatus. See ablation.

Pronunciation

Adjective

ablative

  1. (obsolete) Taking away or removing
    Quotation
    • Where the heart is forestalled with misopinion, ablative directions are found needful to unteach error, ere we can learn truth - Bp. Hall
  2. (grammar) Applied to one of the cases of the noun in Latin and some other languages, such as Finnish, -- the fundamental meaning of the case being removal, separation, or taking away.

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Noun

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  1. (grammar) The ablative case.

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Derived terms

  • ablative absolute - a construction in Latin, in which a noun in the ablative case has a participle (either expressed or implied), agreeing with it in gender, number, and case, both words forming a clause by themselves and being unconnected, grammatically, with the rest of the sentence; as, Tarquinio regnante, Pythagoras venit, i. e. "Tarquinius reigning, Pythagoras came"; so, "When Tarquinius was king, Pythagoras came".

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