(noun, adjective)


1. (grammar) Noting the case of a noun which expresses the remoter or indirect object, generally indicated in English by to or for with the objective.

2. (obsolete, law) In one’s gift; capable of being disposed of at will and pleasure, as an office or other privilege.

3. (obsolete, law) Removable, as distinguished from perpetual; — said of an officer.

4. (obsolete, law) Given by a judge, as distinguished from being cast upon a party by the law itself

5. (sciences) Formed by two electrons contributed by one atom; see dative bond.


1. the category of nouns serving as the indirect object of a verb

Definition categories: communication, oblique