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

  • adj. 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.”
  • n. The locative case.
  • n. A form or construction in the locative case.

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  • adj. Indicating place, or the place where, or wherein.
  • n. The locative case.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Indicating place, or the place where, or wherein

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. 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.
  • Serving to indicate the location of anything: as, a locative object in the neighborhood.

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

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


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.


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