Partitive
Partitive Par"ti*tive, a. [Cf. F. partitif.] (Gram.) Denoting a part; as, a partitive genitive. [1913 Webster]

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  • partitive — [pärt′ə tiv] adj. [ML partitivus: see PARTITE & IVE] 1. used in setting off or separating; making a division 2. Gram. a) referring to a part of a whole b) of or relating to a case expressing reference to a part of a whole n …   English World dictionary

  • Partitive — Par ti*tive, n. (Gram.) A word or phrase expressing partition, or denoting a part; as, the phrase of the team in half of the team . [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • partitive — (adj.) 1510s, having the quality of dividing into parts, from L.L. partitivus, from L. partitus, pp. of partire to divide (see PART (Cf. part) (v.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • partitive — Grammar ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a grammatical construction) indicating that only a part of a whole is referred to (e.g. a slice of bacon, some of the children). ► NOUN ▪ a noun or pronoun used as the first term in such a construction …   English terms dictionary

  • Partitive — The partitive can refer to several things: * Partitive case * partitive meaning of noun phrasesThe partitive refers to the selection of a part/quantity out of a group/amount. It is used for example in Estonian (the third case), in Latin, German… …   Wikipedia

  • partitive — UK [ˈpɑː(r)tətɪv] / US [ˈpɑrtətɪv] noun [countable] Word forms partitive : singular partitive plural partitives linguistics a word or expression used for showing that only part of something is being referred to, rather than all of it. In the… …   English dictionary

  • partitive — adjective Date: 14th century 1. serving to part or divide into parts 2. a. of, relating to, or denoting a part < a partitive construction > b. serving to indicate the whole of which a part is specified < partitive genitive > • partitively adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • partitive — partitively, adv. /pahr ti tiv/, adj. 1. serving to divide into parts. 2. Gram. noting part of a whole: the Latin partitive genitive. n. 3. Gram. a partitive word or formation, as of the men in half of the men. [1510 20; < ML partitivus divisive …   Universalium

  • partitive — /ˈpatətɪv/ (say pahtuhtiv) adjective 1. serving to divide into parts. 2. Grammar denoting part of a whole: the Latin partitive genitive. –noun 3. Grammar a partitive word or formation, as of the men in half of the men. –partitively, adverb …   Australian English dictionary

  • partitive — adj. & n. Gram. adj. (of a word, form, etc.) denoting part of a collective group or quantity. n. a partitive word (e.g. some, any) or form. Phrases and idioms: partitive genitive a genitive used to indicate a whole divided into or regarded in… …   Useful english dictionary

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