from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or being the grammatical case indicating a state of being or an existence in a particular capacity or state in some languages, as in Finnish professorina, "as a professor.”
- n. The essive case.
- n. A word or form in the essive case.
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- adj. of, or relating to the grammatical case that in some languages indicates existence in a state or capacity
- n. the essive case, or a word in that case
Finnish essiivi, from New Latin essīvus : Latin esse, to be; see es- in Indo-European roots + Latin -īvus, -ive.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)