Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Suppliant; beseeching; expressing an entreaty or a desire: as, the precative mode.

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

  • adjective Suppliant; beseeching.
  • adjective (Law) words of recommendation, request, entreaty, wish, or expectation, employed in wills, as distinguished from express directions; -- in some cases creating a trust.

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  • adjective Resembling or pertaining to an entreaty.

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

  • adjective expressing entreaty or supplication

Etymologies

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From Latin preco ("to pray").

Examples

  • The perfects ( 'asithi and hizkartssni) are converted and so become hortative or precative futures.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • Thalhofer (Liturgik, I, 48) has sought to draw a presumption of late date from the form of absolution in n. 29, which is indicative and not precative, absolvimus te vice beati Petri etc.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • Aside from the inheritance proper, a will could contain legacies whereby things were bequeathed by a single title and by express words; they could be imperative or precative.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • Fidei-commissa were created by precative words addressed to the conscience of the heir, and were at first not legally enforceable.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • In a future post, time permitting, I might go into these issues and also the question of the prophetic perfect and the precative perfect as poetic usages of SC2, but this necessarily brief survey gives the general idea.

    Ralph the Sacred River

  • Bruce Waltke points out that the use of this form to express a wish (the “precative”) can be recognized contextually by its parallelism with the other volitive forms (Waltke-O’Connor, Hebrew Syntax, 30.5.4d).

    Solomon’s Song of Love

  • Usually the translations give a different turn to the first words of v. 14 than the original allows for: they make the perfect a precative -- an impossibility -- "but think on me" (A.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • "odd" uses of SC1, such as the precative perfect or the prophetic perfect, are claimed to appear in poetry.

    Ralph the Sacred River

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