Op"ta*tive (?), a. [L. optativus: cf. F. optatif.]

Expressing desire or wish.

Fuller.

Optative mood Gram., that mood or form of a verb, as in Greek, Sanskrit, etc., in which a wish or desire is expressed.

 

© Webster 1913.


Op"ta*tive, n. [Cf. F. optatif.]

1.

Something to be desired.

[R.]

Bacon.

2. Gram.

The optative mood; also, a verb in the optative mood.

 

© Webster 1913.

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