accusative /əˈkjuːzətɪv / ‹Grammar›


I. adjective

(in Latin, Greek, German, and some other languages) denoting a case of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives which expresses the object of an action or the goal of motion.
II. noun

1. a word in the accusative case.
2. ( the accusative) the accusative case.
– origin late Middle English: from Latin ( casus) accusativus, literally ‘relating to an accusation or (legal) case’, translating Greek (ptōsis) aitiatikē ‘(the case) showing cause’.

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