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gen·i·tive / ˈjenitiv/ Gram. • adj. relating to or denoting a case of nouns and pronouns (and words in grammatical agreement with them) indicating possession or close association. • n. a word in the genitive case. ∎  (the genitive) the genitive case. DERIVATIVES: gen·i·ti·val / ˌjeniˈtīvəl/ adj. gen·i·ti·val·ly / ˌjeniˈtīvəlē/ adv.

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genitive

genitive (jĕn´ĬtĬv) [Lat.,=genetic], in Latin grammar, the case typically used to refer to a possessor. The term is used in the grammar of other languages, but the phenomenon referred to may not closely resemble a Latin genitive; thus a Latin genitive will be translated by a number of different cases in Finnish. Such forms in English as his and father's are said to be genitive, or, more often, possessive.

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genitive

genitive XIV. — (O)F. génitif, -ive, or L. genitīvus, -īva (gene-), f. genit-, pp. stem of gignere beget, produce; see KIN, -IVE.

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