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definition of the word ablative

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French ablatif, ablative, Latin ablativus from ablatus. See ablation.


  1. (obsolete) Taking away or removing
    • Where the heart is forestalled with misopinion, ablative directions are found needful to unteach error, ere we can learn truth - Bp. Hall
  2. (grammar) Applied to one of the cases of the noun in Latin and some other languages, such as Finnish, -- the fundamental meaning of the case being removal, separation, or taking away.

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