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Meaning of gerundive by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin gerundīvus ( “of a gerund” ), from gerundium ( “gerund” ), from gerundus ( “which is to be carried out” ), future passive participle ( gerundive ) of gerō ( “carry, bear” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /dʒəˈrʌndɪv/, SAMPA: /dZ@"rVndIv/


    gerundive ( plural: gerundives )

    1. ( in Latin grammar ) a verbal adjective that describes obligation or necessity, equivalent in form to the future passive participle .
    2. ( less commonly, in English grammar ) a verbal adjective ending in -ing [1]

    Usage notes

    English grammar does not have an exact equivalent to the Latin gerundive. English verbal adjectives ending in -ing are similar, but the Latin gerundive implies a sense of necessity that is lacking from the English construct. For example, the word “agenda” ( i.e. “those things that ought to be done,” not just “things to be done” ) conveys the sense of necessity from the Latin gerundive .

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    See also

    1. ^ the Australian Macquarie Dictionary ( revised 3rd ed ), second sense of Gerundive

Definition of gerundive by GCIDE Dictionary


  1. Gerundive a. [L. gerundivus.] Pertaining to, or partaking of, the nature of the gerund; gerundial. -- n. ( Lat. Gram. ) The future passive participle; as, “amandus, i. e., to be loved”.