Definitions

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  • n. A case used in some languages to indicate movement away from something, removal, separation, source. It corresponds roughly to the English prepositions "off", "from", "away from", and "concerning".

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

  • n. the case indicating the agent in passive sentences or the instrument or manner or place of the action described by the verb

Etymologies

From French ablatif, from Latin ablativus, from ablatus ("carried away"), past participle of auferre ("to carry away", "to remove"). See ablation. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Question: Which is the most "beastly plague," a cattle-plague case for a farmer, or the ablative case for a school-boy?

    Reminiscences of Tolstoy

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