Definition of partitive in English:

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partitive

Pronunciation: /ˈpärdədiv/
Grammar

adjective

(Of a grammatical construction or case) referring to only a part of a whole, 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.

noun

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.

Derivatives

partitively

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

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: par·ti·tive

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