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Meaning of genitive by Wiktionary Dictionary

genitive


    Etymology

    From Renaissance Latin casus genitīvus, literally "case pertaining to origin, birth", from genitus the perfect passive participle of gignō ( “beget” ) .

    Adjective

    genitive ( not comparable )

    1. ( grammar ) Of or pertaining to that case ( as the second case of Latin and Greek nouns ) which expresses origin or possession. It corresponds to the possessive case in English .

    Noun

    genitive ( countable and uncountable; plural: genitives )

    1. ( grammar, uncountable ) An inflection pattern ( of any given language ) that expresses origin or ownership and possession .
    2. ( grammar, countable ) A word inflected in the genitive case; a word indicating origin, ownership or possession .

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Explanation of genitive by Wordnet Dictionary

genitive


    Adjective
    1. serving to express or indicate possession

    2. the genitive endings
    Noun
    1. the case expressing ownership



    Definition of genitive by GCIDE Dictionary

    genitive


    1. Genitive a. [L. genitivus, fr. gignere, genitum, to beget: cf. F. génitif. See Gender.] ( Gram. ) Of or pertaining to that case ( as the second case of Latin and Greek nouns ) which expresses source or possession. It corresponds to the possessive case in English.

    2. Genitive, n. ( Gram. ) The genitive case.

      Genitive absolute, a construction in Greek similar to the ablative absolute in Latin. See Ablative absolute.