Definitions for votiveˈvoʊ tɪv
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
offered, dedicated, performed, etc., in accordance with a vow, often as an act of veneration or of gratitude for a favor granted:
a votive offering.
of the nature of or expressive of a wish or desire.
Origin of votive:
1585–95; < L vōtīvus=vōt(um) a vow+-īvus -ive
dedicated in fulfillment of a vow
a hymn or chant dedicated to a particular saint, or to the Virgin Mary
dedicated or given in fulfillment of a vow or pledge
She placed a votive offering at the shrine.
of, expressing or symbolizing a vow
The church was lit by votive candles.
Origin: From votivus, from votum.
given by vow, or in fulfillment of a vow; consecrated by a vow; devoted; as, votive offerings; a votive tablet