Definition of locative in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɒkətɪv/


Relating to or denoting a case in some languages of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives, expressing location.
Example sentences
  • This is a locative noun, which is a grammatical category used when creating names for places in Algonquian.
  • The deictic, directional, and locative constructions differ, however, with respect both to their semantics and to the kinds of items that are eligible to fill the X and V slots.
  • For me, ‘in the soup’ is one of the various locative idioms for being in trouble - up the creek, in a fix, in deep gumbo - and the AHD agrees.


(the locative)
1The locative case.
Example sentences
  • A locative is essential to any expression involving put; even if the intended location is evident from the context, the locative may not be omitted.
1.1A word in the locative case.
Example sentences
  • We show how these lexical functions can be used and refined to extract potential realizations of frame elements such as typical instruments or typical locatives, which are believed to be recurrent elements in a large number of frames.
  • It is interesting that their usual surnames are all patronymics or matronymics, rather than the locatives that would be more likely were any of the four from immigrant families.


Early 19th century: from locate, on the pattern of vocative.

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