ab•la•tivePronunciation: (ab'lu-tiv), [key] Gram.
(in some inflected languages) noting a case that has among its functions the indication of place from which or, as in Latin, place in which, manner, means, instrument, or agent.
the ablative case.
a word in that case, as Troiā
in Latin Aenēas Troiā vēnit,
“Aeneas came from Troy.”
ab•la•tivePronunciation: (a-blā'tiv), [key]
capable of or susceptible to ablation; tending to ablate: the ablative nose cone of a rocket.
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