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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or being the grammatical case indicating a state of being or an existence in a particular capacity or state in some languages, as in Finnish professorina, "as a professor.”
  • n. The essive case.
  • n. A word or form in the essive case.

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  • adj. of, or relating to the grammatical case that in some languages indicates existence in a state or capacity
  • n. the essive case, or a word in that case


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

Finnish essiivi, from New Latin essīvus : Latin esse, to be; see es- in Indo-European roots + Latin -īvus, -ive.


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