Relating to or denoting a case of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives in Latin, Greek, and other inflected languages, used for the subject of a verb.
- ‘It therefore cannot be further inflected as if it were a nominative singular noun.’
- ‘Grounding is marked by a cluster of features pertaining to the verb and its subject, namely tense inflection, number agreement of the verb with its subject, and the nominative case of the subject.’
- ‘Early medieval Latin also allowed for the possibility of a dependent substantive clause with finite verb and subject in the nominative case.’
- ‘It's the nominative masculine plural definite article.’
- ‘The disadvantage is that the nominative singular and the nominative plural look the same and you can only distinguish by context.’
2Of or appointed by nomination as distinct from election.
A word in the nominative case.‘This is true of nominatives of all nouns other than some third declension consonant stems.’‘If ‘to boldly go’ is a split infinitive, then ‘the happy cat’ is a split nominative.’
- 1.1the nominativeThe nominative case.‘These would include the nominative (for the subject of a sentence), the accusative (for its object) and the genitive (to indicate possession).’‘Other names on the sealing facets occur in either the nominative or the genitive.’
- 1.1the nominativeThe nominative case.
Late Middle English from Latin nominativus ‘relating to naming’, translation of Greek onomastikē (ptōsis) ‘naming (case)’.