Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a grammatical case in certain inflected languages that indicates place in or on which or time at which, as in Latin domī, "at home.”
  • n. The locative case.
  • n. A form or construction in the locative case.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Indicating place, or the place where, or wherein.
  • n. The locative case.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Indicating place, or the place where, or wherein

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In grammar, indicating place, or the place where or wherein: as, a locative adjective; a locative case.
  • In anatomy and zoology, serving to locate or to indicate location or relative situation in a series. Thus, the name metencephalon or midbrain is locative of the part between extremes of a series.
  • n. In grammar, a case-form indicating location, as existing in the original Indo-European or Aryan language, and preserved in some of its descendants, especially the Sanskrit.
  • Serving to indicate the location of anything: as, a locative object in the neighborhood.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the semantic role of the noun phrase that designates the place of the state or action denoted by the verb

Etymologies

New Latin locātīvus, from Latin locātus, past participle of locāre, to place; see locate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • Such elliptical answers are of course used by everyone, and they show the appropriate deletion of subject and main verb, leaving the locative which is questioned by wh + there.

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  • The conference theme, as one might expect from the title, arises from examinations of works such as locative narratives, literary immersive environments, and what the organizers call

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  • This hunch is luckily confirmed by the same phrase repeated further down in the inscription but entirely in locative forms instead: tesne Raśne cei.

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  • 'For the good Larth' would be more competently translated into Etruscan as either *Larθus mlac (genitive of giving) or *Larθe-ri mlac (locative with postposition -ri 'for').

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  • Similarly, in the absence of the historically manifested “whence?” and “whither?”, directional question words both, and which have both collapsed into the locative “where?”, it becomes necessary to add preposition-like semantic cues into utterances in order to re-establish the appropriate semantics.

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