essive

essive

[es-iv] Grammar.
adjective
1.
noting a case, as in Finnish, whose distinctive function is to indicate a state of being.
noun
2.
the essive case.

Origin:
1900–05; < Finnish essivi < Latin ess(e) to be + -īvus -ive

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