Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The name by which a person is addressed; an appellative.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The name by which a person is addressed; an appellative.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Denoting address: applied to grammatical forms: as, a compellative case; the compellative use of a word.
  • n. In grammar, a name by which a person is addressed; a proper name.

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Examples

  • So I expose them to the objective complement and the compellative, and then stand aghast at their behavior when they make all the mistakes that can possibly be made in using a given number of words.

    Reveries of a Schoolmaster

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  • For some the word fund has a top;
    They coin a few terms and then stop.
    There's one compellative
    For "aged male relative:"
    Every old guy is called "Pop."

    October 12, 2014