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votive

[voh-tiv] /ˈvoʊ tɪv/
adjective
1.
offered, given, dedicated, etc., in accordance with a vow:
a votive offering.
2.
performed, undertaken, etc., in consequence of a vow.
3.
of the nature of or expressive of a wish or desire.
Origin of votive
1585-1595
1585-95; < Latin vōtīvus, equivalent to vōt(um) a vow + -īvus -ive
Related forms
votively, adverb
votiveness, noun
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votive

/ˈvəʊtɪv/
adjective
1.
offered, given, undertaken, performed or dedicated in fulfilment of or in accordance with a vow
2.
(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
adj.

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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