Elative E*la"tive, a. (Gram.) Raised; lifted up; -- a term applied to what is also called the absolute superlative, denoting a high or intense degree of a quality, but not excluding the idea that an equal degree may exist in other cases. [1913 Webster]

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  • Elative — has two slightly differing meanings in the grammar of two language groups:*Elative case, a grammatical case, in e.g., the Finno Ugric languages *Elative (gradation), a category of comparison similar to the superlative in, e.g., the Semitic… …   Wikipedia

  • elative — noun a) In Semitic languages, the “adjective of superiority.” In some languages such as Arabic, the concepts of comparative and superlative degree of an adjective are merged into a single form, the elative. How this form is understood or… …   Wiktionary

  • elative — I. ˈēləd.iv, ˈel adjective Etymology: Latin elatus + English ive of a grammatical case : denoting motion away from II. noun ( s) Etymology: Latin …   Useful english dictionary

  • elative — /ee leuh tiv, el euh /, Gram. adj. 1. noting a case, as in Finnish, whose function is to indicate motion out of or away from. n. 2. an elative case. 3. an adjectival form, as in Arabic, denoting intensity or superiority, approximately equivalent… …   Universalium

  • elative — См. elativo …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • elative — indicating movement out of or away from Grammatical Cases …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • elative — ela·tive …   English syllables

  • elative — /əˈleɪtɪv/ (say uh laytiv) adjective 1. having a superlative or intensive function. 2. denoting a grammatical case used in some languages to express motion away from. –noun 3. a superlative or intensifier. {Latin ēlātus elevated + ive} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Elative (gradation) — In Semitic linguistics, the elative is a stage of gradation in Arabic that can be used both for a global maximum (see superlative) and for comparison (see comparative). The Arabic elative has a special inflection similar to that of color… …   Wikipedia

  • Elative case — See Elative for disambiguation. Elative (from Latin efferre to bring or carry out ) is a locative case with the basic meaning out of .In Finnish elative is typically formed by adding sta/stä , in Estonian by adding st to the genitive stem. In… …   Wikipedia

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