Definitions

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

  • adjective Given or dedicated in fulfillment of a vow or pledge.
  • adjective Expressing or symbolizing a wish, desire, or vow.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Offered, contributed, or consecrated in accordance with a vow: as, a votive picture.
  • Observed, practised, or done in consequence of a vow.

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

  • adjective Given by vow, or in fulfillment of a vow; consecrated by a vow; devoted
  • adjective a medal struck in grateful commemoration of some auspicious event.
  • adjective an offering in fulfillment of a religious vow, as of one's person or property.

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

  • adjective dedicated or given in fulfillment of a vow or pledge
  • adjective this sense?) of, expressing or symbolizing a vow; and by extension a thick cylindrical candle
  • noun music a hymn or chant dedicated to a particular saint, or to the Virgin Mary

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

  • adjective dedicated in fulfillment of a vow

Etymologies

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

[Latin vōtīvus, from vōtum, vow; see vote.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin vōtīvus ("votive"), from vōtum ("vow").

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