Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or being the grammatical case expressing means, as Finnish puhumalla "by speaking, while speaking.”
  • n. The adessive case.
  • n. A word in the adessive case.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or relating to the grammatical case that in some languages indicates adjacent location.
  • n. the adessive case, or a word in that case.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In grammar, a syntactic case expressing position at some spot or locality.

Etymologies

From Latin adesse, to be present : ad-, ad- + esse, to be.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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