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ablative absolute

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Definition of the noun ablative absolute

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  1. a constituent in Latin grammar; a noun and its modifier can function as a sentence modifier

Alternative definition of the noun ablative absolute


  1. [linguistics] A construction in Latin in which an independent phrase with a noun in the ablative case has a participle, expressed or implied, which agrees with it in gender, number and case – both words forming a clause grammatically unconnected with the rest of the sentence.

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Google previewDictionary of Linguistics (1954)

by Mario Pei, Frank Gaynor

absolute ablative: See ablative absolute. absolute adjective: An adjective used as a substantive. (E.g., "The meek shall inherit the earth.") absolute case: The case ...

Google previewThe Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics (2007)

by P.H. Matthews

ablative absolute 2 ablative absolute *Absolute construction in Latin in which a participle and its subject are in the ablative case and are subordinated, with no other mark of linkage, to the rest of the sentence: eg in the sentence urbe capta ...

Google previewPopular Educator a Complete Encyclopaedia of Elementary, Advanced, and Technical Education (1858)

The ablative absolute has already been explained. But observe, the ablative absolute is an abbreviated sentence. Being an abbreviated sentence, it has a subject of its own. Consequently, its subject is different from the subject of the complete ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

ABLATIVE ABSOLUTE, a Latin construction in WhlCh a noun and a participle are each put in the ablative case. ABLAZE, ad. (1-bldz' [AS. a, on; Eng. blaze]: on fire; in a blaze. ABLE, a. d'bl [OF. able : Norm. F. hable, ab1e—from L. hdbilis, able, ...

Google previewRoutledge Dictionary of Language and Linguistics (2006)

by Hadumod Bussmann

References ablative absolute Syntactic construction in Latin for abbreviating subordinate clauses. The ablative absolute is not valence-bound (and is thus ' absolute') and consists of a noun in the ablative case as well as an attributive participle ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica, Or Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature (1842)

Ablative Absolute, in Grammar, is a phrase detached or independent of the other parts of a sentence or discourse.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

Ablative Absolute, in ...

Google previewThe Edinburgh Encyclopaedia ... (1830)

by Sir David Brewster

The manner, The cause, The ablative absolute. Governed by vei bs. The ablative is sometimes subordinate to an adjec- By adjective, as inops ratione, “needy with respect to reason,” "* It is also governed by certain prepositions. Among these ...

Google previewDictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics (2011)

by David Crystal

In Latin, there are such exocentric constructions as the 'ABLATIVE absolute', as in hoc ...

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