Definitions

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

  • adjective Of, relating to, or being a grammatical case in certain inflected languages that indicates place in or on which or time at which, as in Latin domī, “at home.”
  • noun The locative case.
  • noun A form or construction in the locative case.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Serving to indicate the location of anything: as, a locative object in the neighborhood.
  • In grammar, indicating place, or the place where or wherein: as, a locative adjective; a locative case.
  • In anatomy and zoology, serving to locate or to indicate location or relative situation in a series. Thus, the name metencephalon or midbrain is locative of the part between extremes of a series.
  • noun In grammar, a case-form indicating location, as existing in the original Indo-European or Aryan language, and preserved in some of its descendants, especially the Sanskrit.

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

  • adjective (Gram.) Indicating place, or the place where, or wherein

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

  • adjective grammar Indicating place, or the place where, or wherein.
  • noun grammar The locative case.

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

  • noun the semantic role of the noun phrase that designates the place of the state or action denoted by the verb

Etymologies

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

[New Latin locātīvus, from Latin locātus, past participle of locāre, to place; see locate.]

Examples

  • The umbrella term locative expression is used to cover grammatical units, such as those listed, which provide an index of location, direction and physical setting in narrative description.

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  • The umbrella term locative expression is used to cover grammatical units, such as those listed, which provide an index of location, direction and physical setting in narrative description.

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  • Note that as in * - lale, Ruvu languages add * - i locative, which is why Kagulu converts * - sala to * - sale. back

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  • Caroline@336: The locative is a weird case that doesn't fit into the usual scheme of 5, and is always identical in form to the genitive or accusative anyway.

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  • Such elliptical answers are of course used by everyone, and they show the appropriate deletion of subject and main verb, leaving the locative which is questioned by wh + there.

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  • The conference theme, as one might expect from the title, arises from examinations of works such as locative narratives, literary immersive environments, and what the organizers call

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  • This hunch is luckily confirmed by the same phrase repeated further down in the inscription but entirely in locative forms instead: tesne Raśne cei.

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  • 'For the good Larth' would be more competently translated into Etruscan as either *Larθus mlac (genitive of giving) or *Larθe-ri mlac (locative with postposition -ri 'for').

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  • Similarly, in the absence of the historically manifested “whence?” and “whither?”, directional question words both, and which have both collapsed into the locative “where?”, it becomes necessary to add preposition-like semantic cues into utterances in order to re-establish the appropriate semantics.

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  • I just did a residency at the Banff New Media Institue using locative media and we talked a bit about Open Street Map.

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