Definition of nominative in English:


Line breaks: nom|ina¦tive
Pronunciation: /ˈnɒmɪnətɪv


  • 1 Grammar Relating to or denoting a case of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives in Latin, Greek, and other inflected languages, used for the subject of a verb.
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    • It therefore cannot be further inflected as if it were a nominative singular noun.
    • Grounding is marked by a cluster of features pertaining to the verb and its subject, namely tense inflection, number agreement of the verb with its subject, and the nominative case of the subject.
    • Early medieval Latin also allowed for the possibility of a dependent substantive clause with finite verb and subject in the nominative case.
  • 2 /ˈnɒmɪˌneɪtɪv/ Of or appointed by nomination as distinct from election.


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  • 1A word in the nominative case.
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    • This is true of nominatives of all nouns other than some third declension consonant stems.
    • If ‘to boldly go’ is a split infinitive, then ‘the happy cat’ is a split nominative.
  • 1.1 (the nominative) The nominative case.
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    • These would include the nominative (for the subject of a sentence), the accusative (for its object) and the genitive (to indicate possession).
    • Other names on the sealing facets occur in either the nominative or the genitive.


late Middle English: from Latin nominativus 'relating to naming', translation of Greek onomastikē (ptōsis) 'naming (case)'.

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