Definition of illative in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈilədiv/


1Of the nature of or stating an inference.
Example sentences
  • The word ‘world,’ or cosmos, in the original language of the New Testament, is not an illative term.
1.1Proceeding by inference.
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  • Aquino tries to strengthen Newman's position by relocating his illative sense from the individual to communities of informed judgment.
  • The theory TRC is an illative theory, in the sense that it can encode notions of propositional logic.
2 Grammar Relating to or denoting a case of nouns in some languages used to express motion into something.
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  • The illative case, denoting direction of movement, is rare in modern standard Lithuanian, although it's used in the common spoken language.


The illative case, or a word in this case.
Example sentences
  • The illative is used selectively and usually as an adverb of place, but in some dialects of Lithuanian, all four locatives are still in use.



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  • It is used illatively, and must be translated ‘wherefore, therefore’.


Late 16th century: from Latin illativus, from illat- 'brought in' (see illation).

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Syllabification: il·la·tive

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