from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or being the grammatical case indicating motion out of a place in some languages, as in Finnish hotellista, "out of the hotel.”
- n. The elative case.
- n. A word or form in the elative case.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In Semitic languages, the “adjective of superiority.” In some languages such as Arabic, the concepts of comparative and superlative degree of an adjective are merged into a single form, the elative. How this form is understood or translated depends upon context and definiteness. In the absence of comparison, the elative conveys the notion of “greatest”, “supreme.”
- n. In Finno-Ugric languages, one of the locative cases, expressing “out of,” as in Finnish talosta, Hungarian házból (“out of the house”). Its opposite is the illative case (“into”). In Finnish, the case form is used also to express "out of" or "proximity" in a figurative sense which in English is often conveyed by the word "about".
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Raised; lifted up; -- a term applied to what is also called the absolute superlative, denoting a high or intense degree of a quality, but not excluding the idea that an equal degree may exist in other cases.
New Latin ēlātīvus : from Latin ēlātus, past participle of efferre, to bring out; see elate + -ive.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin elatus ("exalted, lofty, high") + -ive (Wiktionary)
From Latin elatum, past participle of effero ("to carry out or away") (Wiktionary)