from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A special donation; a gift.
- adj. Characterized by, constituting, or subject to donation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or being a donation
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A gift; a largess; a gratuity; a present.
- n. A benefice conferred on a person by the founder or patron, without either presentation or institution by the ordinary, or induction by his orders. See the Note under Benefice, n., 3.
- adj. Vested or vesting by donation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Vested or vesting by donation: as, a donative advowson.
- n. A gift; a largess; a gratuity; a present; a dole.
- n. In canon law, a benefice given and collated to a person by the founder or patron without either presentation, institution, or induction by the ordinary.
His house alone contains wealth sufficient to discharge the donative which is never forthcoming, and is daily cast in your teeth.
So was the whole island of Sicily won over to the realm of Justinian before the end of 535, and Belisarius, Consul for the year, rode through the streets of Syracuse on the last day of his term of office, scattering his "donative" to the shouting soldiers and citizens.
(The more technical term is donative commercial non-profits).
The Englishmen extricated themselves from their importunity by bestowing, as is usual on such occasions, a donative of small coin upon those who appeared most needy, or most deserving of their charity one tall woman stood on the steps close to the door, and extended her hand to the elder Philipson, who, struck with her appearance, exchanged for a piece of silver the copper coins which he had been distributing amongst others.
So saying he gave the little galopin his donative, and a slight rap on the pate at the same time, which sent him scouring from his presence.
Lion dismissed, upon the occasion, even his ordinary watch, and assigned to his soldiers a donative of wine to celebrate his recovery, and to drink to the Banner of Saint George; and his quarter of the camp would have assumed a character totally devoid of vigilance and military preparation, but that Sir Thomas de Vaux, the Earl of Salisbury, and other nobles, took precautions to preserve order and discipline among the revellers.
The personal fruition in any man, cannot reach to feel great riches: there is a custody of them; or a power of dole, and donative of them; or a fame of them; but no solid use to the owner.
Galba undid himself by that speech, legi a se militem, non emi; for it put the soldiers out of hope of the donative.
TenmfoTt) was a kind of donative, he coming in with - out inftitution and indtl&ion, and that the prcfentable parfonage does not commence till after him, by the words of the ftatute j and that in cafe of a donative, the pro - motion of the incumbent does not make a ccfiion.
Nice is said to yield the king half a million of livres, about twenty-five thousand pounds sterling, arising from a small donative made by every town and village: for the lands pay no tax, or imposition, but the tithes to the church.