locative [lok-uh-tiv]Grammar EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN adjective (in certain inflected languages) noting a case whose distinctive function is to indicate place in or at which, as Latin domī “at home.” noun the locative case. a word in that case. Liberaldictionary.com

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  • Origin of locative 1795–1805; locate + -ive, on the model of vocative Related formsun·loc·a·tive, adjective Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for locative Historical Examples of locative

  • The name has the locative form (ĭ suffix), but cannot be translated.

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  • For urbs and oppidum in apposition with a Locative, see 169, 4.

    New Latin Grammar

    Charles E. Bennett

  • The blind also, we are told, largely employ the feet in walking as a source of locative data.

    Essays Towards a Theory of Knowledge

    Alexander Philip

  • Those which have a single element, the substantival or ‘ground-word,’ with its locative suffix.

    The Composition of Indian Geographical Names

    J. Hammond Trumbull

  • With the locative termination, Kittanning (Penn.) is a place ‘on the greatest stream.’

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  • British Dictionary definitions for locative locative adjective (of a word or phrase) indicating place or direction denoting a case of nouns, etc, that refers to the place at which the action described by the verb occurs noun

    1. the locative case
    2. a word or speech element in this case

    Word Origin for locative C19: locate + -ive, on the model of vocative Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for locative n.

    “grammatical case indicating place,” 1804, from Latin locus “place” (see locus) on model of Latin vocativus “vocative,” from vocatus, past participle of vocare “to call, summon.” As an adjective by 1816.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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