illative

illative

[il-uh-tiv, ih-ley-tiv]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining 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:
1585–95; < Late Latin illātīvus, equivalent to illāt- (see illation) + -īvus -ive

illatively, adverb
nonillative, adjective
nonillatively, adverb
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illative (ɪˈleɪtɪv)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to illation; inferential
2.  grammar denoting a word or morpheme used to signal inference, for example so or therefore
3.  Compare elative (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
 
n
4.  grammar
 a.  the illative case
 b.  an illative word or speech element
 
[C16: from Late Latin illātīvus inferring, concluding]
 
il'latively
 
adv

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