Pronunciation: (nom'u-nu-tiv, nom'nu- or, for 2, 3, nom'u-nā"tiv), [key]
a. (in certain inflected languages, as Sanskrit, Latin, and Russian) noting a case having as its function the indication of the subject of a finite verb, as in Latin Nauta bonus est “The sailor is good,” with nauta “sailor” in the nominative case.
b. similar to such a case in function or meaning.
2. nominated; appointed by nomination.
3. made out in a person's name, as a certificate or security.
1. the nominative case.
2. a word in the nominative case.
3. a form or construction of similar function or meaning.
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