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

  • adj. Given or dedicated in fulfillment of a vow or pledge: a votive offering.
  • adj. Expressing or symbolizing a wish, desire, or vow: a votive prayer; votive candles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. dedicated or given in fulfillment of a vow or pledge
  • adj. this sense?) of, expressing or symbolizing a vow; and by extension a thick cylindrical candle
  • n. a hymn or chant dedicated to a particular saint, or to the Virgin Mary

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Given by vow, or in fulfillment of a vow; consecrated by a vow; devoted

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Offered, contributed, or consecrated in accordance with a vow: as, a votive picture.
  • Observed, practised, or done in consequence of a vow.

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

  • adj. dedicated in fulfillment of a vow

Etymologies

Latin vōtīvus, from vōtum, vow; see vote.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin vōtīvus ("votive"), from vōtum ("vow"). (Wiktionary)

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