- designating or pertaining to a verb mood, as in Greek, that has among its functions the expression of a wish, as Greek íoimen “may we go, we wish we might go.”
- the optative mood.
- a verb in the optative mood.
- indicating or expressing choice, preference, or wish
- grammar denoting a mood of verbs in Greek, Sanskrit, etc, expressing a wish
- the optative mood
- a verb in this mood
in reference to grammatical mood expressing wish or desire, 1520s, from Middle French optatif (15c.), from Late Latin optativus, from Latin optatus “wished, desired, longed for,” past participle of optare “to choose, wish, desire” (see option).