Definitions

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

  • adjective Expressing or designating repeated action.
  • noun A frequentative verb or verb form.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In grammar, serving to express the repetition of an action: as, dictito is a frequentative verb.
  • noun A verb which denotes the frequent occurrence or repetition of an action, as dictito (Latin) from dicto, vāvadīti (Sanskrit) from vadati, waggle from wag.
  • noun Abbreviated freq.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Gram.) Serving to express the frequent repetition of an action.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective grammar Serving to express repetition of an action.
  • noun grammar Refers to a subclass of imperfective verbs that denote a repeated action, no longer productive in English, but found in e.g. Finnish, Latin, Russian, and Turkish.

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

  • noun a verb form that serves to express frequent repetition of an action

Etymologies

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

[Latin frequentātīvus, from frequentātus, past participle of frequentāre, to repeat, from frequēns, frequent-, frequent.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin frequentativus, from Latin frequentare ("to do or use often"); see frequent. Surface analysis is frequent +‎ -ative.

Examples

  • "frequentative" of WAG, thus meaning ` to wag frequently '

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IX No 3

  • Spanish ‘jactar’ must come directly from the Latin single frequentative iactare, which also means among other things ‘boast’.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Jactitation:

  • I agree with you on preventative, but you should know that frequentative is still the standard term in teaching frequentative Latin verbs to Latin students.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • Some call it “frequentative,” but they need preventive, not preventative, medicine.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • Some call it “frequentative,” but they need preventive, not preventative, medicine.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • Some call it “frequentative,” but they need preventive, not preventative, medicine.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • I agree with you on preventative, but you should know that frequentative is still the standard term in teaching frequentative Latin verbs to Latin students.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • I agree with you on preventative, but you should know that frequentative is still the standard term in teaching frequentative Latin verbs to Latin students.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • What cerebration accompanied his frequentative act?

    Ulysses

  • Some call it “frequentative,” but they need preventive, not preventative, medicine.

    No Uncertain Terms

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