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Meaning of nominative

nom•i•na•tive

Pronunciation: (nom'u-nu-tiv, nom'nu- or, for 2, 3, nom'u-nā"tiv), [key]
— adj.
    1. (in certain inflected languages, as Sanskrit, Latin, and Russian) noting a case having as its function the indication of the subject of a finite verb, as in Latin Nauta bonus est “The sailor is good,” with nauta “sailor” in the nominative case.
    2. similar to such a case in function or meaning.
  1. nominated; appointed by nomination.
  2. made out in a person's name, as a certificate or security.
—n.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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