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.
Da·tive, n. The dative case. See Dative, a., 1.
n : the category of nouns serving as the indirect object of a
verb [syn: dative case]