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[il-uh-tiv, ih-ley-tiv] /ˈɪl ə tɪv, ɪˈleɪ tɪv/

of, relating to, or expressing ; inferential: an illative word such as “therefore.”.
Grammar. noting a case, as in Finnish, whose distinctive function is to indicate place into or toward which.
Grammar. the illative case.
of or relating to illation; inferential
(grammar) denoting a word or morpheme used to signal inference, for example so or therefore
(in the grammar of Finnish and other languages) denoting a case of nouns expressing a relation of motion or direction, usually translated by the English prepositions into or towards Compare elative (sense 1)


“inferential,” 1610s, from Late Latin illativus, from Latin illatus “brought in,” used as past participle of inferre. As a noun from 1590s.


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