What does optative mean?

Definitions for optativeˈɒp tə tɪv

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. optative mood, optative(adj)

    a mood (as in Greek or Sanskrit) that expresses a wish or hope; expressed in English by modal verbs

  2. optative(adj)

    indicating an option or wish

  3. optative(adj)

    relating to a mood of verbs in some languages

    "optative verb endings"


  1. optative(Noun)

    a mood of verbs found in some languages (e.g. Old Prussian, Ancient Greek), used to express a wish. English has no inflexional optative mood, but it has modal verbs like "might" and "may" that express possibility.

  2. optative(Noun)

    a verb or expression in the optative mood.

  3. optative(Adjective)

    expressing a wish or a choice.

  4. optative(Adjective)

    related or pertaining to the optative mood.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Optative

    op′ta-tiv, or op-tā′tiv, adj. expressing desire or wish.—n. (gram.) a mood of the verb expressing wish.—adv. Op′tatively. [L. optativusoptāre, -ātum, to wish.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of optative in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of optative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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