genitive definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English genitif ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin (casus) genitivus, literally , (case) of origin, originally ; from genitus (see genital): mistranslation ; from Classical Greek genikē, generic (case), (case) of genus ; from Classical Greek genos, genus
- the genitive case: expressed by inflection in languages such as Latin and either by an analytical construction or by inflection in English (Ex.: the sons of the queen; the queen's sons)
- a word or phrase in this case
genitive definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Of, relating to, or being the grammatical case expressing possession, measurement, or source.
- Of or relating to an affix or construction, such as a prepositional phrase, characteristic of the genitive case.
- The genitive case.
- A word or form in the genitive case.
Origin: Middle English genetif, from Latin genetīvus, from genitus, past participle of gignere, to beget; see genə- in Indo-European roots.