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Definition of Dative


  1. Noting the case of a noun which expresses the remoter object, and is generally indicated in English by to or for with the objective.
  2. In one's gift; capable of being disposed of at will and pleasure, as an office.
  3. Removable, as distinguished from perpetual; -- said of an officer.
  4. Given by a magistrate, as distinguished from being cast upon a party by the law.
  5. The dative case. See Dative, a., 1.

Dative Translations

dative in German is Dativ
dative in Swedish is dativ