Adjective "dative" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(in Latin, Greek, German, and some other languages) denoting a case of nouns and pronouns, and words in grammatical agreement with them, indicating an indirect object or recipient.
  1. 'Sick's latest book is Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod, which features complaints about sporadic failures to use dative case marking according to traditional (?) principles.'
  2. 'A mantra is a kind of prayer that contains the name of God that is inflected grammatically in the dative case.'
  3. 'The nominal system distinguishes five cases: nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, and ablative; the genitive and dative endings are always the same.'


A noun or other word in the dative case.
  1. '‘Das Ereignis ‘and ‘die Kehre im Ereignis ‘were only two in a long line of titles for what must always already be the case if givenness and its dative are to come together at all.’'
  2. 'The versatility of Greek prepositions makes it difficult to distinguish between the locative and instrumental uses, or even the dative of reference.'
  3. 'PRO in this language can occupy a position that can be filled by a lexical NP, which is assigned dative or nominative Case, depending on the embedded verb.'
  4. 'It is the quintessential use of the dative case, the dative of means, grammatically speaking.'
  5. 'The first and most common use of the dative is as an indirect object.'


1. (in certain inflected languages, as Latin, Greek, and German) noting a case having as a distinctive function indication of the indirect object of a verb or the object of certain prepositions. noun

2. the dative case.

3. a word or form in that case, as Latin regi in regi haec dicite meaning “tell this to the king.”.

More examples(as adjective)

"cases can be dative."


Late Middle English: from Latin (casus) dativus ‘(case) of giving’, from dat- ‘given’, from the verb dare.