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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Da·tive a.
 1. Gram. Noting the case of a noun which expresses the remoter object, and is generally indicated in English by to or for with the objective.
 2. Law (a) In one's gift; capable of being disposed of at will and pleasure, as an office. (b) Removable, as distinguished from perpetual; -- said of an officer. (c) Given by a magistrate, as distinguished from being cast upon a party by the law.
 Dative executor, one appointed by the judge of probate, his office answering to that of an administrator.