from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or originating in the will.
- adj. Expressing a wish or permission.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of or pertaining the will or volition
- adj. in the volitive
- n. A verb form found in certain languages which indicates that a certain action is willed, although it may not be performed in fact.
- n. A specific volitive form of a verb.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the will; originating in the will; having the power to will.
- adj. Used in expressing a wish or permission as, volitive proposition.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the power to will; exercising volition.
- Originating in the will.
- In rhetoric, expressing a wish or permission: as, a volitive proposition.
From Medieval Latin volitivus (from volitare ("to flee") + -ivus), a Scholastic translation of the Ancient Greek θελητικός (thelatikos), from θέλησις (thelesis, "a will, a willing") (Wiktionary)