Hypertext Webster Gateway: "dative"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Dative \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.
(b) Removable, as distinguished from perpetual; -- said of
an officer.
(c) 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Dative \Da"tive\, n. [L. dativus.]
The dative case. See {Dative}, a., 1.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : (linguistics) relating to the dative case; "the dative
n : the category of nouns serving as the indirect object of a
verb [syn: {dative case}]

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