Definition of optative in English:

optative

Line breaks: opta|tive
Pronunciation: /ˈɒptətɪv
 
, ɒpˈteɪtɪv
 
/
Grammar

adjective

Relating to or denoting a mood of verbs in Greek and certain other languages, expressing a wish, equivalent in meaning to English let’s or if only.
More example sentences
  • This is not simply to avoid criticisms of judgment speech by translating it from the indicative to the optative mood.
  • The old neoplatonic shadow of what Emerson in ‘The Transcendentalist’ calls an ‘optative mood,’ reconciling textual particular and idealist consciousness, is not as far away here as one might initially imagine.
  • The second sentence transforms the first from an indicative statement of fact into something more like an optative expression of desire.

noun

Back to top  
1A verb in the optative mood.
More example sentences
  • It is difficult not to grin, if Ptolemaic land-leases or Greek optatives or German monographs make you giddy.
1.1 (the optative) The optative mood.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French optatif, -ive, from late Latin optativus, from optat- 'chosen', from the verb optare (see opt).

Derivatives

optatively

adverb
More example sentences
  • It can also be rendered optatively as in our English versions.
  • Of forms having a modal sense, how many are used subjunctively and how many optatively?

Definition of optative in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day apposite
Pronunciation: ˈapəzit
adjective
apt in the circumstances or relation to something