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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 op·ta·tive /ˈɑptətɪv/
 (a.)表願望的祈願語態,祈願語態的動詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Op·ta·tive a.  Expressing desire or wish.
 Optative mood Gram., that mood or form of a verb, as in Greek, Sanskrit, etc., in which a wish or desire is expressed.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Op·ta·tive, n.
 1. Something to be desired. [R.]
 2. Gram. The optative mood; also, a verb in the optative mood.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 optative
      adj 1: indicating an option or wish
      2: relating to a mood of verbs in some languages; "optative
         verb endings"
      n : a mood (as in Greek or Sanskrit) that expresses a wish or
          hope; expressed in English by modal verbs [syn: optative
          mood]