ablative absolute

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ablative absolute a constituent in Latin grammar; a noun and its modifier can function as a sentence modifier
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • ablative absolute a construction in Latin, in which a noun in the ablative case has a participle (either expressed or implied), agreeing with it in gender, number, and case, both words forming a clause by themselves and being unconnected, grammatically, with the rest of the sentence; as, Tarquinio regnante, Pythagoras venit, i. e., Tarquinius reigning, Pythagoras came.
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Usage

In literature:

I believe they also agreed on the ablative absolute.
"Average Jones" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
The Ablative Absolute is grammatically independent of the rest of the sentence.
"New Latin Grammar" by Charles E. Bennett
Be very careful not to put in the ablative absolute a noun and participle that form the subject or object of a sentence.
"Latin for Beginners" by Benjamin Leonard D'Ooge
In Latin the ablative is the case that is used absolutely.
"A Handbook of the English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
In Latin the ablative is the case that is used absolutely.
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
Finding an ablative absolute, they are confident of finding some sort of proposition: and there it is, to their hand.
"Household Education" by Harriet Martineau
To-night I have a pressing engagement with the Ablative Absolute.
"Daddy Long-Legs" by Jean Webster
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