Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or being the verbal aspect that expresses a momentary or completed action, especially in past time.
  • adj. Of or being the perfective aspect.

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  • adj. Of, or relating to the aorist aspect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Indefinite; pertaining to the aorist tense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to an aorist or indefinite tense; indeterminate as to time.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to the aorist tense

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Examples

  • It differs from the aoristic past tense (35) and from the imperfect (113) by expressing an act or condition as definitely completed or perfected.

    A Complete Grammar of Esperanto

  • It differs from the aoristic present by expressing an action as definitely in progress, or a condition as continuously existing, at the moment of speaking.

    A Complete Grammar of Esperanto

  • Compound tenses occur less often in Esperanto than in English, and an aoristic Esperanto tense may often be translated by an English compound tense, as "La birdoj flugas", the birds are flying.

    A Complete Grammar of Esperanto

  • The conjugation of "vidi" in the aoristic tense of the conditional mood is as follows: mi vidus, I should see. vi vidus, you would see. li (sxi, gxi) vidus, he (she, it) would see. ni vidus, we should see. vi vidus, you would see. ili vidus, they would see.

    A Complete Grammar of Esperanto

  • In addition to the aoristic tense, the conditional mood has three active and three passive compound tenses, formed by combining the participles with the aoristic tense of "esti" in the conditional mood.

    A Complete Grammar of Esperanto

  • The compound tenses formed by combining the future passive participle with each of the three aoristic tenses of "esti" represent an act or condition as "about to be undergone" in the present, past, or future, respectively.

    A Complete Grammar of Esperanto

  • Beside the aoristic tense, six compound tenses are formed by combining the participles with the imperative mood "estu" of the auxiliary verb, but these tenses are seldom used.

    A Complete Grammar of Esperanto

  • The compound tenses formed by combining the future active participle with each of the three aoristic tenses of "esti" represent an act or state as about to occur in the present, past, or future, respectively, and are called "periphrastic future tenses."

    A Complete Grammar of Esperanto

  • She caught at the nerves like certain aoristic combinations in music, like tones of a stringed instrument swept by the wind, enticing, unseizable.

    Beauchamp's Career — Complete

  • - Grammar, (tense) signifying happening in unrestricted or unspecified past. aoristic, adj. indefinite; pertaining to aorist.

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