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optative (n.)

mid-15c., optatif, "the optative mood," in grammar, a form of a verb expressing wish or desire, from Old French optatif (15c.), from Late Latin optativus, from Latin optatus "wished, desired, longed for," past participle of optare "to choose, wish, desire" (see option). Also mid-15c. as an adjective, "expressing wish or desire by a distinct grammatical form." The general adjectival sense of "expressing or expressive of desire or wish" is by 1610s.

updated on September 05, 2019

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Definitions of optative from WordNet
1
optative (adj.)
indicating an option or wish;
optative (adj.)
relating to a mood of verbs in some languages;
optative verb endings
2
optative (n.)
a mood (as in Greek or Sanskrit) that expresses a wish or hope; expressed in English by modal verbs;
Synonyms: optative mood
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