American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or expressing desire.
- adj. Grammar Designating a clause, a sentence, or in some languages an inflected verb form that expresses desire.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having or implying desire; expressing or denoting desire: as, a desiderative verb.
- Pertaining to a desiderative verb.
- n. An object of desire; something desired.
- n. In grammar, a verb formed from another verb, and expressing a desire of doing the action implied in the primitive verb.
- n. linguistics A verbal mood that has the meaning of “wanting to do something”, found in languages such as Ancient Greek and Sanskrit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Denoting desire.
- n. An object of desire.
- n. (Gram.) A verb formed from another verb by a change of termination, and expressing the desire of doing that which is indicated by the primitive verb.
“Meinong calls a genuine object of desire a desiderative and a desideratum [Desiderat], respectively.”
“Perception, unlike discursive thought or belief, is aligned not with the so-called rational part of the soul, but with the desiderative part.”
“It is evident that Plato means the soul of the whole to be like the sort of soul which is called mind not like the sensitive or the desiderative soul, for the movements of neither of these are circular.”
“How to satisfy these desiderative actions is a problem for the understanding, whence it follows that successful satisfaction, intelligent or unintelligent, may vary in every possible degree.”
“The word 'jijñâsâ' is a desiderative formation meaning 'desire to know.”
“Hence choice is either desiderative reason or ratiocinative desire, and such an origin of action is a man.”
“As the subjunctive used with imperative value, depends on some desiderative verb understood, the _que_ which would follow that verb is usually retained in Spanish (as in French), though not when _V. _ or _VV. _ is used.”
“The _optative_ is formed of the subjunctive, or of the two mixed-tenses of the indicative, by adding the desiderative particles _velem_, _uel_, or _chi_; as _eluli velem_!”
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“In a desiderative whim, she drew innocuous, refrigerator-door magnet caliber pictures which she claimed were images of”
“[geurteilt] is always an objective whereas that which is judged about [beurteilt] is often an objectum but can be an objective, a dignitative, and a desiderative as well.”
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