Definition of ablative noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈæblətɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæblətɪv//
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(in some languages) the form that a noun, a pronoun or an adjective can take to show, for example, who or what something is done by or where something comes from compare accusative, dative, genitive, nominative, vocative Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French ablative (feminine of ablatif), Latin ablativus, from ablat- ‘taken away’, from ab- ‘away’ + lat- ‘carried’ (from the verb ferre).

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