Definition of illative in English:

illative

adjective

  • 1Of the nature of or stating an inference.

    • ‘The word ‘world,’ or cosmos, in the original language of the New Testament, is not an illative term.’
    1. 1.1Proceeding by inference.
      ‘Aquino tries to strengthen Newman's position by relocating his illative sense from the individual to communities of informed judgment.’
      • ‘The theory TRC is an illative theory, in the sense that it can encode notions of propositional logic.’
  • 2Grammar
    Relating to or denoting a case of nouns in some languages used to express motion into something.

    • ‘The illative case, denoting direction of movement, is rare in modern standard Lithuanian, although it's used in the common spoken language.’

Pronunciation

illative

/ˈilədiv/ /ˈɪlədɪv/ /əˈlādiv/ /əˈleɪdɪv/

noun

  • The illative case, or a word in this case.

    • ‘The illative is used selectively and usually as an adverb of place, but in some dialects of Lithuanian, all four locatives are still in use.’

Pronunciation

illative

/ˈilədiv/ /ˈɪlədɪv/ /əˈlādiv/ /əˈleɪdɪv/

Origin

Late 16th century from Latin illativus, from illat- ‘brought in’ (see illation).