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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-luh-tiv]
    • /ˈæb lə tɪv/
    • /ˈæblətɪv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-luh-tiv]
    • /ˈæb lə tɪv/

Definitions of ablative word

  • adjective ablative (in certain inflected languages such as Latin) denoting a case of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives indicating the agent in passive sentences or the instrument, manner, or place of the action described by the verb 3
  • adjective ablative taking away or removing 3
  • adjective ablative able to disintegrate or be worn away at a very high temperature 3
  • noun ablative the ablative case 3
  • noun ablative a word or speech element in the ablative case 3
  • adjective ablative designating, of, or in a case expressing removal, deprivation, direction away from, source, cause, or agency 3

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Origin of ablative

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
First recorded in 1400-50; late Middle English word from Latin word ablātīvus. See ablate, -ive

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Parts of speech for Ablative


ablative popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

ablative usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for ablative

adjective ablative

  • subtractive — tending to subtract; having power to subtract.

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