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Origin of dative
- Middle English datif from Latin (cāsus) datīvus (case) of giving (translation of Greek dotikē ptōsis) from datus past participle of dare to give dō- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin dativus (appropriate to giving), itself from datus (the past participle of dō (“I give”)) + -ivus (“-ive”).