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(in certain inflected languages, as Latin, Greek, or Russian) noting a case whose distinctive function is to indicate the direct object of a verb or the object of certain prepositions.
similar to such a case form in function or meaning.

Linguistics. pertaining to a type of language in which there is an accusative case or in which subjects of transitive verbs behave the same way as subjects of intransitive verbs.
Compare (def 2).
an accusative case.
a word in an accusative case.
a form or construction of similar function.
Historical Examples

Here Johano is the subject acting upon hundon, the object; therefore hundon is in the accusative.
The International Auxiliary Language Esperanto George Cox

Nearly all French nouns and adjectives are derived from the accusative.
The Romance of Words (4th ed.) Ernest Weekley

This construction, as a rule, occurs only as a substitute for quam (than) with the Nominative or accusative.
New Latin Grammar Charles E. Bennett

The man with whom the accusative persons are placed is called Sheriff.
Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

Many, by writing προς τω μνημειω, betray themselves; for they retain a sure token that the accusative ought to end the sentence.
The Causes of the Corruption of the Traditional Text of the Holy Gospels John Burgon

I pray you have your remembrance (childe) accusative, king, hang, hog.
The Shakespeare Myth Edwin Durning-Lawrence

It is so in Milton, who has ye as nominative, accusative, and dative; comp.
Milton’s Comus John Milton

The translator has here mistaken a Dative for an accusative.
A Voyage to the Moon Cyrano de Bergerac

But in the accusative case we find the form , just as we find and .
The Deipnosophists, or Banquet of the Learned of Athenus Athenus

Active intransitive verbs cannot be followed by any accusative.
The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 3 Hubert Howe Bancroft

(grammar) denoting a case of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives in inflected languages that is used to identify the direct object of a finite verb, of certain prepositions, and for certain other purposes See also objective (sense 5)
another word for accusatorial

the accusative case
a word or speech element in the accusative case


grammatical case whose primary function is to express destination or goal of motion, mid-15c., from Anglo-French accusatif, Old French acusatif, or directly from Latin (casus) accusativus “(case) of accusing,” from accusatus, past participle of accusare (see accuse).

Translating Greek ptosis aitiatike “case of that which is caused,” on similarity of Greek aitiasthai “accuse.” Greek aitia is the root of both, and means both “cause” and “accusation,” hence the confusion of the Romans. A more correct translation would have been casus causativus.


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