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Dictionary Definition

accusative adj
1 containing or expressing accusation; "an accusitive forefinger"; "black accusatory looks"; "accusive shoes and telltale trousers"- O.Henry; "his accusing glare" [syn: accusatory, accusing, accusive]
2 serving as or indicating the object of a verb or of certain prepositions and used for certain other purposes; "objective case"; "accusative endings" [syn: objective] n : the category of nouns serving as the direct object of a verb [syn: accusative case, objective case]

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English

Etymology

From French adjective accusatif, from Latin accusativus, from perfect passive participle accusatus, from verb accusare, + adjective suffix -ivus. See accuse.

Pronunciation

Adjective

accusative
  1. Producing accusations; accusatory; accusatorial; a manner that reflects a finding of fault or blame
    Quotations
  2. : Applied to the case (as the fourth case of Latin and Greek nouns) which expresses the immediate object on which the action or influence of a transitive verb has its limited influence. Other parts of speech, including secondary or predicate direct objects, will also influence a sentence’s construction. In German the case used for direct objects.

Translations

producing accusations; accusatory
  • Icelandic: ásaka
accusative case
  • Greek: αιτιατική (aitiatikí)
  • Icelandic: þolfall
  • Swedish: ackusativ (2)
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Noun

accusative

Translations

accusative case

French

Adjective

  1. Form of feminine, accusatif

Extensive Definition

The term accusative may be used in the following contexts:
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