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 essīvus Latin esse to be ; see es- in Indo-European roots.Latin -īvus -ive
- (grammar) the essive case, or a word in that case