Definition of optative

Definition of optative
  1. optative Adjective expressing a wish or a choice.
  2. optative Adjective related or pertaining to the optative mood.
  3. 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.
  4. optative Noun a verb or expression in the optative mood.
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