Optative meaning

ŏptə-tĭv
A verb in this mood.
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Expressing a wish or a choice.

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(grammar) Related or pertaining to the optative mood.
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(grammar) A mood of verbs found in some languages (e.g. Old Prussian, Ancient Greek), used to express a wish. English has no inflexional optative mood, but it has modal verbs like "might" and "may" that express possibility.
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(grammar) A verb or expression in the optative mood.
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Expressing a wish or choice.
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The optative mood.
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A verb or an expression in the optative mood.
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Expressing wish or desire.
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Designating or of the grammatical mood, as in Greek, which expresses wish or desire.
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The optative mood.
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Origin of optative

  • Middle English optatif from Old French from Late Latin optātīvus from Latin optātus past participle of optāre to wish

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English optatif, from Old French, from Late Latin optātÄ«vus, from Latin optātus, past participle of optāre.

    From Wiktionary