optatively
adverb see optative

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Optatively — Op ta*tive*ly, adv. In an optative manner; with the expression of desire. [R.] [1913 Webster] God blesseth man imperatively, and man blesseth God optatively. Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • optatively — See optative. * * * …   Universalium

  • optatively — adverb In an optative way …   Wiktionary

  • optatively — op·ta·tive·ly …   English syllables

  • optatively — adverb see optative I * * * opˈtatively (or /op tāˈ/) adverb • • • Main Entry: ↑opt …   Useful english dictionary

  • optative — optatively, adv. /op teuh tiv/, Gram. adj. 1. designating or pertaining to a verb mood, as in Greek, that has among its functions the expression of a wish, as Greek íoimen may we go, we wish we might go. n. 2. the optative mood. 3. a verb in the… …   Universalium

  • optative — adjective Date: 15th century 1. a. of, relating to, or constituting a verbal mood that is expressive of wish or desire b. of, relating to, or constituting a sentence that is expressive of wish or hope 2. expressing desire or wish • optative noun… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • optative — [ ɒptətɪv, ɒp teɪtɪv] adjective Grammar relating to or denoting a mood of verbs in Greek and certain other languages, expressing a wish, equivalent in meaning to English let s or if only. Derivatives optatively adverb Origin C16: from Fr. optatif …   English new terms dictionary

  • optative — /ˈɒptətɪv/ (say optuhtiv) adjective 1. designating or relating to a verb mood (as in Greek) having among its functions the expression of a wish, as Greek ioimen may we (i.e., we wish we might) go . –noun 2. the optative mood. 3. a verb in it.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • optative — [äp′tə tiv] adj. [Fr optatif < LL optativus < pp. of L optare: see OPTION] 1. expressing wish or desire 2. designating or of the grammatical mood, as in Greek, which expresses wish or desire n. 1. the optative mood 2. a verb in this mood… …   English World dictionary

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