Meaning of ablative


Pronunciation: (ab'lu-tiv), [key]
— Gram. Gram.
  1. (in some inflected languages) noting a case that has among its functions the indication of place from which or, as in Latin, place in which, manner, means, instrument, or agent.
  1. the ablative case.
  2. a word in that case, as Troiā in Latin Aenēas Troiā vēnit, “Aeneas came from Troy.”


Pronunciation: (a-blā'tiv), [key]
— adj.
  1. capable of or susceptible to ablation; tending to ablate: the ablative nose cone of a rocket.
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