Of, relating to, or being the grammatical case indicating a state of being or an existence in a particular capacity or state in some languages, as in Finnish professorina, “as a professor.”
- The essive case.
- A word or form in the essive case.
Origin of essiveFinnish essiivi, from New Latin ess&imacron;vus : Latin esse, to be; see es- in Indo-European roots + Latin -&imacron;vus, -ive.
- (grammar) the essive case, or a word in that case