O o


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [op-tuh-tiv]
    • /ˈɒp tə tɪv/
    • /ˈɒp.tə.tɪv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [op-tuh-tiv]
    • /ˈɒp tə tɪv/

Definitions of optative word

  • adjective optative designating or pertaining to a verb mood, as in Greek, that has among its functions the expression of a wish, as Greek íoimen “may we go, we wish we might go.”. 1
  • noun optative the optative mood. 1
  • noun optative a verb in the optative mood. 1
  • noun optative Relating to or denoting a mood of verbs in Greek and other languages, expressing a wish, equivalent to English expressions if only. 1
  • adjective optative indicating or expressing choice, preference, or wish 0
  • adjective optative denoting a mood of verbs in Greek, Sanskrit, etc, expressing a wish 0

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Origin of optative

First appearance:

before 1520
One of the 28% oldest English words
1520-30; < Late Latin optātīvus, equivalent to Latin optāt(us) (past participle of optāre; see opt, -ate1) + -īvus -ive

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Parts of speech for Optative


optative popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 70% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 67% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

optative usage trend in Literature

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