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    obligative

    Is obligative an English word? I haven't found it in Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press but I did find it in Obligative Definition | Definition of Obligative at Dictionary.com.

    Is this a new word? or this is an old word but it is not common?

    Is there any synonym of "obligative"?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: obligative

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    Is obligative an English word? I haven't found it in Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press but I did find it in Obligative Definition | Definition of Obligative at Dictionary.com.

    Is this a new word? or this is an old word but it is not common?

    Is there any synonym of "obligative"?

    Thanks in advance.
    I have never met with "obligative", it may well be an old or new word for "obligatory".


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    Re: obligative

    Just out of morbid curiosity, I checked Webster's Third New International Dictionary, and it basically means entailing an obligation; obligatory.

    It also refers to the obligative mood"modal expression of obligation or propriety (as in 'the door should be closed')." (Webster's)

    Other sources say that it expresses the speaker's estimation of how necessary it is for what he says to be done or come to pass. For example:

    "She must do as I say."
    "You have to go to the meeting."


    First I ever heard of it.

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    Re: obligative

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post

    Is there any synonym of "obligative"?
    I have never come across this word, but for the modal use in the previous post I would say "deontic". This too, however, is probably rather uncommon.

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