Of, relating to, or being the grammatical case indicating motion out of a place in some languages, as in Finnish hotellista, “out of the hotel.”
- The elative case.
- A word or form in the elative case.
Origin of elativeNew Latin ēlātīvus from Latin ēlātus past participle of efferre to bring out ; see elate . -ive
- (grammar) In Semitic languages, the “adjective of superiority." In some languages such as Arabic, the concepts of comparative and superlative degree of an adjective are merged into a single form, the elative. How this form is understood or translated depends upon context and definiteness. In the absence of comparison, the elative conveys the notion of “greatest", “supreme."
- The elative of ÙƒØ¨ÙŠØ± (kabÃ:r, “big") is Ø£ÙƒØ¨Ø± (Ã¡kbar, “bigger/biggest, greater/greatest").
From Latin elatus (“exalted, lofty, high") +"Ž -ive
- (grammar) In Finno-Ugric languages, one of the locative cases, expressing “out of," as in Finnish talosta, Hungarian hÃ¡zbÃ³l (“out of the house"). Its opposite is the illative case (“into"). In Finnish, the case form is used also to express "out of" or "proximity" in a figurative sense which in English is often conveyed by the word "about".
From Latin elatum, past participle of effero (“to carry out or away")