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illative  (ɪˈleɪtɪv

Definitions

adjective

  1. of or relating to illation; inferential
  2. (grammar) denoting a word or morpheme used to signal inference, for example so or therefore
  3. (in the grammar of Finnish and other languages) denoting a case of nouns expressing a relation of motion or direction, usually translated by the English prepositions into or towards Compare elative (sense 1

noun

  1. (grammar)
    1. the illative case
    2. an illative word or speech element

Derived Forms

ilˈlatively  adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin illātīvus inferring, concluding

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