Definition of jussive in English:


Line breaks: jus|sive
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒʌsɪv


  • (Of a form of a verb) expressing a command.
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    • They embody the jussive: don't mourn, organize.
    • Basically, in the Arabic jussive all the indicative mood-signs are deleted.
    • Some scholars consider that both jussive and cohortative mood are conveyed by the form of the imperfect.


mid 19th century: from Latin juss- 'commanded' (from the verb jubere) + -ive.

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