Meaning of GENITIVE in English

— genitival /jen'i tuy"veuhl/ , adj. — genitivally , adv.

/jen"i tiv/ , Gram.


1. (in certain inflected languages) noting a case of nouns, pronouns, or adjectives, used primarily to express possession, measure, or origin: as John's hat, week's vacation, duty's call.

2. noting an affix or other element characteristic of this case, or a word containing such an element.

3. similar to such a case form in function or meaning.


4. the genitive case.

5. a word in the genitive case.

6. a construction noting this case or the relationship usually expressed by it. Cf. possessive .

[ 1350-1400; ME genitivus, equiv. to genit ( us ) (ptp. of gignere to beget) + -ivus -IVE ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .