from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A verbal adjective in Latin that in the nominative case expresses the notion of fitness or obligation and in other cases functions as a future passive participle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a verbal adjective that describes obligation or necessity, equivalent in form to the future passive participle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to, or partaking of, the nature of the gerund; gerundial.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given originally by Latin grammarians to the future participle passive, as amandus, ‘to be loved, requiring to be loved,’ but also used in the grammars of other languages, as Sanskrit, to indicate verbal adjectives having a like office. Also gerundial.
Middle English gerundif, from Late Latin gerundīvus, from gerundium, gerund; see gerund.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin gerundīvus ("of a gerund"), from gerundium ("gerund"), from gerundus ("which is to be carried out"), future passive participle (gerundive) of gerō ("carry, bear"). (Wiktionary)