from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or being the grammatical case expressing possession, measurement, or source.
- adj. Of or relating to an affix or construction, such as a prepositional phrase, characteristic of the genitive case.
- n. The genitive case.
- n. A word or form in the genitive case.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to that case (as the second case of Latin and Greek nouns) which expresses origin or possession. It corresponds to the possessive case in English.
- n. An inflection pattern (of any given language) that expresses origin or ownership and possession.
- n. A word inflected in the genitive case; a word indicating origin, ownership or possession.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to that case (as the second case of Latin and Greek nouns) which expresses source or possession. It corresponds to the possessive case in English.
- n. The genitive case.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In grammar, pertaining to or indicating origin, source, possession, and the like: an epithet applied to a case in the declension of nouns, adjectives, pronouns, etc., which in English is called the possessive case, or to the relation expressed by such a case: as, patris, ‘of a father, a father's,’ is the genitive case of the Latin noun pater, a father.
- n. In grammar, a case in the declension of nouns, adjectives, pronouns, etc., expressing in the widest sense a relation of appurtenance between one thing and another, an adjectival relation of one noun to another, or more specifically source, origin, possession, and the like; in English grammar, the possessive case.
- n. Abbreviated genitive
- Connected with or relating to generation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. serving to express or indicate possession
- n. the case expressing ownership
Middle English genetif, from Latin genetīvus, from genitus, past participle of gignere, to beget; see genə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Renaissance Latin casus genitīvus, literally "case pertaining to origin, birth", from genitus the perfect passive participle of gignō ("beget"). (Wiktionary)