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- n. Plural form of partitive.
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Moreover, the most interesting deduction from this division of the parts of speech is that the partitives are far the highest in rank among words, because they express pure relations, which only the royal mind of man can so distinctly perceive as to make words for them.
These three parts are: first, nouns -- the names of things; second, verbs -- the names of events; and, third, the partitives -- or the words which express the relations of things to events.
Prepositions belong to the partitives, and, with different prepositions attached to one and the same thing or noun, the human mind can step through the vast regions of thought as easily as the ether can vibrate through space.