datival /day tuy"veuhl/, adj.datively, adv.
/day"tiv/, Gram.
1. (in certain inflected languages, as Latin, Greek, and German) noting a case having as a distinctive function indication of the indirect object of a verb or the object of certain prepositions.
2. the dative case.
3. a word or form in that case, as Latin regi in regi haec dicite meaning "tell this to the king."
[1400-50; late ME datif < L dativus (casus) dative (case), equiv. to dat(us) given (see DATE1) + -ivus -IVE; trans. of Gk dotiké (ptôsis)]

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