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op·ta·tive  audio  (pt-tv) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Expressing a wish or choice.
  2. Grammar
    1. Of, relating to, or being a mood of verbs in some languages, such as Greek, used to express a wish.
    2. Designating a statement using a verb in the subjunctive mood to indicate a wish or desire, as in Had I the means, I would do it.
NOUN:
Grammar
  1. The optative mood.
  2. A verb or an expression in the optative mood.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English optatif, from Old French, from Late Latin opttvus, from Latin opttus, past participle of optre, to wish

OTHER FORMS:
opta·tive·ly(Adverb)


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