optative

[op-tuh-tiv] Grammar.
adjective
1.
designating or pertaining to a verb mood, as in Greek, that has among its functions the expression of a wish, as Greek íoimen “may we go, we wish we might go.”
noun
2.
the optative mood.
3.
a verb in the optative mood.

Origin:
1520–30; < Late Latin optātīvus, equivalent to Latin optāt(us) (past participle of optāre; see opt, -ate1) + -īvus -ive

optatively, adverb
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optative (ˈɒptətɪv)
 
adj
1.  indicating or expressing choice, preference, or wish
2.  grammar denoting a mood of verbs in Greek, Sanskrit, etc, expressing a wish
 
n
3.  grammar
 a.  the optative mood
 b.  a verb in this mood
 
[C16: via French optatif, from Late Latin optātīvus, from Latin optāre to desire]

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optative
grammatical mood expressing wish or desire, 1530, from M.Fr. optatif (15c.), from L.L. optativus, from L. optatus, pp. of optare (see option).
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Crucially, however, these ties are seen as optative rather than given.
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