Definition of optative
- optative Adjective expressing a wish or a choice.
- optative Adjective related or pertaining to the optative mood.
- optative Noun a mood of verbs found in some languages (e.g. Old Prussian, Latin), used to express a wish. English doesn't have an inflexional optative mood, but it does have modal verbs like "might" and "may" that express possibility.
- optative Noun a verb or expression in the optative mood.