Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or being the grammatical case indicating absence, as Finnish puhumatta "without speaking.”
  • n. The abessive case.
  • n. A word in the abessive case.

Etymologies

From Latin abesse, to be absent, away; see absent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • JM is not going to be obsessive about abessives - in fact he will leave them alone.

    February 16, 2011