A verbal adjective in Latin that in the nominative case expresses the notion of fitness or obligation and in other cases functions as a future passive participle.
In Latin, a verbal adjective with a typical gerund stem form, used as a future passive participle expressing duty, necessity, fitness, etc. (Ex.: delenda in delenda est Carthago, “Carthage must be destroyed”)
In other languages, any of various forms analogous to this.
Origin of gerundive
- Middle English gerundif from Late Latin gerundīvus from gerundium gerund gerund
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition