Da"tive (?), a. [L. dativus appropriate to giving, fr. dare to give. See 2d Date.]

1. Gram.

Noting the case of a noun which expresses the remoter object, and is generally indicated in English by to or for with the objective.

2. Law (a)

In one's gift; capable of being disposed of at will and pleasure, as an office.


Removable, as distinguished from perpetual; -- said of an officer.


Given by a magistrate, as distinguished from being cast upon a party by the law.

Burril. Bouvier.

Dative executor, one appointed by the judge of probate, his office answering to that of an administrator.


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Da"tive, n. [L. dativus.]

The dative case. See Dative, a.,



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