noun Date: 15th century 1. the Latin future passive participle that functions as the verbal adjective, that expresses the fitness or necessity of the action to be performed, and that has the same suffix as the gerund 2. a verbal adjective in a language other than Latin analogous to the gerundive

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  • Gerundive — Ge*run dive, a. [L. gerundivus.] Pertaining to, or partaking of, the nature of the gerund; gerundial. n. (Lat. Gram.) The future passive participle; as, amandus, i. e., to be loved. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gerundive — early 15c., from L. gerundivus (modus), from gerundium (see GERUND (Cf. gerund)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • gerundive — [jə run′div] n. [ME gerundif < LL gerundivus < gerundium: see GERUND] Gram. 1. in Latin, a verbal adjective with a typical gerund stem form, used as a future passive participle expressing duty, necessity, fitness, etc. (Ex.: delenda in… …   English World dictionary

  • Gerundive — In linguistics, a gerundive is a particular verb form. The term is applied very differently to different languages; depending on the language, gerundives may be verbal adjectives, verbal adverbs, or finite verbs. Not every language has… …   Wikipedia

  • gerundive — noun /dʒəˈrʌndɪv/ a) a verbal adjective that describes obligation or necessity, equivalent in form to the future passive participle. b) a verbal adjective ending in ing <ref name= Macquarie >the Australian Macquarie Dictionary (revised 3rd… …   Wiktionary

  • gerundive — [dʒə rʌndɪv] noun Grammar a form of a Latin verb, ending in ndus (declinable) and functioning as an adjective meaning ‘that should or must be done’. Origin ME (in the sense gerund ): from late L. gerundivus (modus) gerundive (mood) , from… …   English new terms dictionary

  • gerundive — gerundival /jer euhn duy veuhl/, adj. gerundively, adv. /jeuh run div/, n. 1. (in Latin) a verbal adjective similar to the gerund in form and noting the obligation, necessity, or worthiness of the action to be done, as legendus in Liber legendus… …   Universalium

  • gerundive — ge·run·dive || dʒɪ rÊŒndɪv adj. relating to or resembling a gerund n. future passive participle (Latin grammatical form which expresses duty or obligation, e.g. agendus to be done or amandus to be loved ) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • gerundive — ge·run·dive …   English syllables

  • gerundive — ger•un•dive [[t]dʒəˈrʌn dɪv[/t]] n. 1) gram. a Latin verbal adjective similar to the gerund in form and expressing the obligation, necessity, or worthiness of the action to be done, as legendus in Liber legendus est“The book is worth reading.” 2) …   From formal English to slang

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