I. adjective Date: 15th century of, relating to, or constituting a grammatical case expressing typically the relations of separation and source and also frequently such relations as cause or instrument • ablative noun II. adjective Date: circa 1569 1. of or relating to ablation 2. tending to ablate <
ablative material on a nose cone
ablatively adverb

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  • Ablative — Ab la*tive, (Gram.) The ablative case. [1913 Webster] {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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ablative — Ab la*tive, a. [F. ablatif, ablative, L. ablativus fr. ablatus. See {Ablation}.] 1. Taking away or removing. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Where the heart is forestalled with misopinion, ablative directions are found needful to unteach error, ere we can… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ablative — [ab′lə tiv; ] for adj. 2 [, ab lāt′iv] adj. [ME < L ablativus < ablatus, pp. of auferre < ab , away + ferre, to BEAR1] 1. Gram. designating, of, or in a case expressing removal, deprivation, direction away from, source, cause, or agency… …   English World dictionary

  • ablative — (n.) mid 15c., from M.Fr. ablatif, from L. (casus) ablativus (case) of removal, expressing direction from a place or time, coined by Julius Caesar from ablatus taken away, pp. of auferre carrying away, from ab away (see AB (Cf. ab )) + irregular… …   Etymology dictionary

  • ablative — ► ADJECTIVE 1) Grammar (of a case) indicating an agent, instrument, or source, expressed by ‘by’, ‘with’, or ‘from’ in English. 2) involving ablation …   English terms dictionary

  • ablative — 1. adjective a) Applied to one of the cases of the noun in some languages, the fundamental meaning of the case being removal, separation, or taking away. Where the heart is forestalled with misopinion, ablative directions are found needful to… …   Wiktionary

  • ablative — UK [ˈæblətɪv] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms ablative : singular ablative plural ablatives linguistics the form of a noun, pronoun, or adjective that you use in some languages when you are talking about who something is done by,… …   English dictionary

  • ablative — n. & adj. Gram. n. the case (esp. in Latin) of nouns and pronouns (and words in grammatical agreement with them) indicating an agent, instrument, or location. adj. of or in the ablative. Phrases and idioms: ablative absolute an absolute… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ablative — ablative1 ablatival /ab leuh tuy veuhl/, adj. /ab leuh tiv/, Gram. adj. 1. (in some inflected languages) noting a case that has among its functions the indication of place from which or, as in Latin, place in which, manner, means, instrument, or… …   Universalium

  • ablative — ab·la·tive a blā tiv, ə adj relating to or involving surgical ablation <ablative treatment> <ablative techniques> …   Medical dictionary

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