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dative (dā´tĬv) [Lat.,=giving], in Latin grammar, the case typically used to refer to an indirect object, i.e., a secondary recipient of an action. For example, him in I gave him a book is translated in Latin by a dative case. The Latin dative also has other uses; and the cases called dative in other languages correspond in their grammatical function only in part to that of the Latin. The residual dative case in English was treated in the early work of Noam Chomsky.

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da·tive / ˈdātiv/ Gram. • adj. (in Latin, Greek, German, and other languages) denoting a case of nouns and pronouns, and words in grammatical agreement with them, indicating an indirect object or recipient. • n. a noun or other word of this type. ∎  (the dative) the dative case.

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dative (Sc.) appointed by the king or the commissary; (gram.) case denoting ‘to’ or ‘for’. XV. — L. datīvus pert. to giving, f. dat-, pp. stem of dare give; see -IVE.

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dative •active • captive •festive, restive •dative, native, stative •fictive • unitive • octave • costive •emotive, motive, votive •furtive • appraisive

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