nom·i·na·tive / ˈnämənətiv/ • adj. 1. Gram. relating to or denoting a case of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives (as in Latin and other inflected languages) used for the subject of a verb.2. / -ˌnātiv/ of or appointed by nomination as distinct from election.• n. Gram. a word in the nominative case. ∎ (the nominative) the nominative case.