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Definition of "nominative" []

  • Appointed to office. (adjective)
  • Nominated as a candidate for office. (adjective)
  • Having or bearing a person's name: nominative shares. (adjective)
  • Grammar Of, relating to, or being the case of the subject of a finite verb (as I in I wrote the letter) and of words identified with the subject of a copula, such as a predicate nominative (as children in These are his children). (adjective)
  • Grammar The nominative case. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "nominative" in a sentence
  • "Also referred to as "aptronyms", New Scientist journalist John Hoyland coined the term "nominative determinism" for these strange cases of people who seem inexorably drawn to their profession by virtue of their name."
  • "But given that it is the same in nominative and accusative cases, just like a noun, it is a little surprising that it‘s possessive is a special case, especially since its and it’s sound identical."
  • "How about, um, the singular and plural nominative forms for the Finnish word for "girl"?"