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[voh-tiv] /ˈvoʊ tɪv/
offered, given, dedicated, etc., in accordance with a vow:
a votive offering.
performed, undertaken, etc., in consequence of a vow.
of the nature of or expressive of a wish or desire.
1585-95; < Latin vōtīvus, equivalent to vōt(um) a vow + -īvus -ive
Related forms
votively, adverb
votiveness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for votive
  • Light was provided by votive candles and flashlights.
  • Someone had placed a blue votive candle on the sidewalk, and there was one old, brittle bouquet of flowers and one fresh one.
  • The last group of materials in this collection is votive and commemorative inscriptions.
  • Consumers should immediately discard the votive candle accompanying the candle holder.
  • Others think they served as altars for votive offerings.
  • During the evening festivities, votive candles will glitter throughout the table.
  • These centerpieces will be surrounded by gold taper and votive candles.
  • They said there is no way that a votive candle burning a few inches away could have caused that.
  • The floral arrangements will be surrounded by gold taper candles in gold candlesticks and gold votive candles.
  • Crystal votive candles will surround the centerpieces.
British Dictionary definitions for votive


offered, given, undertaken, performed or dedicated in fulfilment of or in accordance with a vow
(RC Church) optional; not prescribed; having the nature of a voluntary offering: a votive Mass, a votive candle
Derived Forms
votively, adverb
votiveness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin vōtīvus promised by a vow, from vōtum a vow
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Word Origin and History for votive

1590s, "dedicated or given in fulfillment of a vow," from Middle French votif, from Latin votivus "of or pertaining to a vow, conforming to one's wishes," from votum (see vow).

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