from The Century Dictionary.

  • In Hebrew grammar, noting exhortation or encouragement.
  • noun The cohortative tense.

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  • adjective grammar, of a verb Inflected to express plea, insistence, imploring, self-encouragement, wish, desire, intent, command, purpose, or consequence.
  • noun grammar The cohortative mood.


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  • A certain kind of fictionalist might claim that the real meaning of “Stealing is wrong” should be rendered in the cohortative mood (which in English is not grammatically distinguished from imperative): “Let's pretend that stealing is wrong.”

    Moral Anti-Realism

  • The double cohortative lends an urgency to his words, that make it appear that he is eager to receive the blessing.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • Nedhe'ah is cohortative (K.S. 198 b) and really stronger than our translation can readily reproduce, viz.,

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • Wa'adhabberah is the emphatic cohortative, "would that I might," called also the yaqtul gravatum (K.S. 198 b).

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • The jussive (tehi) is followed by the cohortative nikhrethah (K.S. 364 g).

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • Note also how the imperative is followed by the cohortative in the last two verbs (K.S. 364n; G.K. 108 d).

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • Formally, this is not far from the truth, but it is generally recognized now that there are actually three different PCs: the imperfect (PC1), the preterite (PC2) and the jussive-cohortative (PC3).

    Ralph the Sacred River


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