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illative

[il-uh-tiv, ih-ley-tiv] /ˈɪl ə tɪv, ɪˈleɪ tɪv/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or expressing illation; inferential: an illative word such as “therefore.”.
2.
Grammar. noting a case, as in Finnish, whose distinctive function is to indicate place into or toward which.
noun
3.
Grammar. the illative case.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < Late Latin illātīvus, equivalent to illāt- (see illation) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
illatively, adverb
nonillative, adjective
nonillatively, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for illative

illative

/ɪˈleɪtɪv/
adjective
1.
of or relating to illation; inferential
2.
(grammar) denoting a word or morpheme used to signal inference, for example so or therefore
3.
(in the grammar of Finnish and other languages) denoting a case of nouns expressing a relation of motion or direction, usually translated by the English prepositions into or towards Compare elative (sense 1)
noun
4.
(grammar)
  1. the illative case
  2. an illative word or speech element
Derived Forms
illatively, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin illātīvus inferring, concluding
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Word Origin and History for illative
adj.

"inferential," 1610s, from Late Latin illativus, from Latin illatus "brought in," used as past participle of inferre. As a noun from 1590s.

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