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partitive Line breaks: par¦ti|tive
Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːtɪtɪv/

Definition of partitive in English:


Denoting a grammatical construction used to indicate that only a part of a whole is referred to, for example a slice of bacon, a series of accidents, some of the children.
Example sentences
  • As a result, you need which in what is called the partitive construction, which makes the set to be picked from explicit: you say Which of these jackets is yours?
  • Finnish partitive constructions exhibit a case alternation that is partly semantically, partly syntactically driven.


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1A partitive construction.
Example sentences
  • Each readily lends itself to use in a partitive: each of the children, where the children limits the reference mass to an identifiable set of children.
  • The interest in the partitive and the material we find in Herrick's poems on women's clothing and appurtenances finds a pictorial complement in the oeuvre of Hollar.
1.1A noun or pronoun used as the first term in a partitive construction.


Example sentences
  • But they do so independently, partitively, concurrently, and differentially.
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