- expressing wish or desire
- designating or of the grammatical mood, as in Greek, which expresses wish or desire
Origin of optativeFrench optatif ; from Late Latin optativus ; from past participle of Classical Latin optare: see option
- the optative mood
- a verb in this mood
- Expressing a wish or choice.
- Grammar a. Of, relating to, or being a mood of verbs in some languages, such as Greek, used to express a wish.b. Designating a statement using a verb in the subjunctive mood to indicate a wish or desire, as in Had I the means, I would do it.
- The optative mood.
- A verb or an expression in the optative mood.
Origin of optativeMiddle English optatif, from Old French, from Late Latin optat&imacron;vus, from Latin optatus, past participle of optare, to wish.
- expressing a wish or a choice.
- (grammar) related or pertaining to the optative mood.
From Middle English optatif, from Old French, from Late Latin optÄtÄ«vus, from Latin optÄtus, past participle of optÄre.