Definition of dative noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

dative

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈdeɪt̮ɪv//
 
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(in some languages) the form of a noun, a pronoun, or an adjective when it is the indirect object of a verb or is connected with the indirect object In the sentence “I sent her a postcard,” the word “her” is in the dative. compare ablative, accusative, genitive, locative, nominative, vocative
dativeadjective
 
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