Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or being the grammatical case indicating absence, as Finnish puhumatta “without speaking.”
  • noun The abessive case.
  • noun A word in the abessive case.

Etymologies

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

[From Latin abesse, to be absent, away; see absent.]

Examples

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  • JM is not going to be obsessive about abessives - in fact he will leave them alone.

    February 16, 2011