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Definition of the noun optative

What does optative mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: optatives

  1. a mood (as in Greek or Sanskrit) that expresses a wish or hope; expressed in English by modal verbs

Alternative definition of the noun optative


  1. [grammar] a mood of verbs found in some languages (e.g. Old Prussian, Latin), used to express a wish. English has no inflexional optative mood, but it has modal verbs like "might" and "may" that express possibility.
  2. a verb or expression in the optative mood.

Definition of the adjective optative

What does optative mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. indicating an option or wish
  2. relating to a mood of verbs in some languages

Alternative definition of the adjective optative


  1. expressing a wish or a choice.
  2. related or pertaining to the optative mood.


The optative mood, from Ancient Greek euktikḗ " for wishing" and Latin optātīvus " of wishing", is a grammatical mood of the Ancient Greek verb, named for its use as a way to express wishes. It is also used to express potentiality and to replace other moods in dependent clauses under past-tense main verbs.

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Google previewEnglish-Cayuga/Cayuga-English Dictionary (2002)

by Frances Froman, Carrie Joan Dyck, Alfred Keye, Lottie Keye

a-- optative a:gahya:go' / would pick fruit ad- dualic and factual adwagahsiha:s / choked adi- ...

Google previewTuscarora-English/English-Tuscarora Dictionary (1999)

by Blair A. Rudes

contrastive+dualic+optative, pfx. the/ = na(r)(a)-. contrastive+dualic+factual. pfx.

Google previewIñupiatun Uqaluit Taniktun Sivuninit/Iñupiaq to English Dictionary (2014)


Google previewAnalytical lexicon to the Septuagint (2009)

by Bernard Alwyn Taylor

One set of forms that illustrates this well are the verbs that share the ending σαι: first aorist active optative third person singular, first aorist active infinitive, and first aorist middle imperative second person singular. Not every verb can have all of ...

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Scrabble value of O1P3T1A1T1I1V4E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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