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.
1. Something to be desired. [R.]
2. Gram. The optative mood; also, a verb in the optative mood.
adj 1: indicating an option or wish
2: relating to a mood of verbs in some languages; "optative
n : a mood (as in Greek or Sanskrit) that expresses a wish or
hope; expressed in English by modal verbs [syn: optative