Definitions for ablativeˈæb lə tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•la•tiveˈæb lə tɪv(adj.)

  1. of or designating a grammatical case that is used to mark the starting point of an action and, in Latin, to indicate manner, instrument, or agent.

    Category: Grammar

  2. (n.)the ablative case.

    Category: Grammar

  3. a word or other form in this case, as Tusculō“from Tusculum,”honōre“with honor.”

    Category: Grammar

Origin of ablative:

1400–50; late ME < L

ab•la•tiveæˈbleɪ tɪv(adj.)

  1. capable of or susceptible to ablation:

    the ablative nose cone of a rocket.

    Category: Surgery, Aerospace

Origin of ablative:



Princeton's WordNet

  1. ablative, ablative case(adj)

    the case indicating the agent in passive sentences or the instrument or manner or place of the action described by the verb

  2. ablative(adj)

    relating to the ablative case

  3. ablative(adj)

    tending to ablate; i.e. to be removed or vaporized at very high temperature

    "ablative material on a rocket cone"


  1. ablative(Noun)

    The ablative case.

  2. ablative(Adjective)

    Taking away or removing.

  3. ablative(Adjective)

    Applied to one of the cases of the noun in some languages, the fundamental meaning of the case being removal, separation, or taking away, and to a lesser degree, instrument, place, accordance, specifications, price, and difference in measurement.

  4. ablative(Adjective)

    Sacrificial, wearing away or being destroyed in order to protect the underlying, as in ablative paints used for antifouling..

  5. Origin: * First attested in 1434.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ablative(adj)

    taking away or removing

  2. Ablative(adj)

    applied to one of the cases of the noun in Latin and some other languages, -- the fundamental meaning of the case being removal, separation, or taking away

  3. Ablative

    the ablative case


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