— 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 ]