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Meaning of optative

op•ta•tive

Pronunciation: (op'tu-tiv), [key]
— Gram. Gram.
—adj.
  1. designating or pertaining to a verb mood, as in Greek, that has among its functions the expression of a wish, as Greek íoimen “may we go, we wish we might go.”
—n.
  1. the optative mood.
  2. a verb in the optative mood.
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