- (in certain inflected languages, as Sanskrit, Latin, and Russian) noting a case having as its function the indication of the subject of a finite verb, as in Latin Nauta bonus est “The sailor is good,” with nauta “sailor” in the nominative case.
- similar to such a case in function or meaning.
- nominated; appointed by nomination.
- made out in a person’s name, as a certificate or security.
- the nominative case.
- a word in the nominative case.
- a form or construction of similar function or meaning.
- grammar denoting a case of nouns and pronouns in inflected languages that is used esp to identify the subject of a finite verbSee also subjective (def. 6)
- appointed rather than elected to a position, office, etc
- bearing the name of a person
- the nominative case
- a word or speech element in the nominative case
adj.late 14c., “pertaining to the grammatical case dealing with the subject of a verb,” from Old French nominatif, from Latin nominativus “pertaining to naming,” from nominatus, past participle of nominare (see nominate). As a noun from 1620s.