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vocative Line breaks: voca|tive
Pronunciation: /ˈvɒkətɪv/

Definition of vocative in English:


Relating to or denoting a case of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives in Latin and other languages, used in addressing or invoking a person or thing.
Example sentences
  • The vocative form is used with frequent appeals by name to the writer's friend ‘Molly.’


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1A word in the vocative case.
Example sentences
  • Women tend to use such words as adorable, cute, lovely, sweet in describing people and objects and such vocatives as my dear, darling, sweetie.
  • There's also the question of which adjectives can be used as nicknames, like ‘Slim’, ‘Red’, and so on - these can of course also be used as vocatives.
  • He begins with the vocative attributed to Aristotle by Montaigne and others: ‘O my friends, there are no friends!’
1.1 (the vocative) The vocative case.


Late Middle English: from Old French vocatif, -ive or Latin vocativus, from vocare 'to call'.

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