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  • adv. In an optative way.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In an optative manner; with the expression of desire.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an optative manner; by desire; by the expression of a wish.
  • By means of the optative mode; in the optative mode.


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optative +‎ -ly


  • From Rosenstock-Huessy's perspective, Heidegger's deployment of Being, as a gesture of defiance against the technicity into which the world has fallen, is precisely the same kind of optatively-governed gesture which characterizes the philosopher's freedom (an aesthetic/moral one).

    Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

  • to go to Jericho, Bath, Hong Kong, Putney, etc.: used imperatively or optatively to imply that one desires to see no more of a person, or does not care what becomes of him. GO TO, THOU ART A FOOLISH FELLOW.


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