- expressing or introducing an inference: said of such words as therefore
- of, or having the nature of, an illation; inferential
Origin of illativeClassical Latin illativus: see illation
- an illative word or phrase
- an illation or inference
- Of, relating to, or of the nature of an illation.
- Expressing or preceding an inference. Used of a word.
- Grammar Of, relating to, or being a grammatical case indicating motion toward or into in some languages, as in Finnish Helsinkiin, “to Helsinki.”
- A word or phrase, such as hence or for that reason, that expresses an inference.
- See illation.
- Grammar a. The illative case.b. A word or form in the illative case.
From Late Latin illātīvus (“illative”), from Latin illātus, perfect passive participle of inferō (“carry or bring into somewhere; bury; conclude”), from in + ferō (“bear, carry; suffer”).