Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A word, mood, or form used to express command.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Inflected to indicate commands, permission or agreement with a request.
  • n. The jussive mood, a verb inflection used to indicate a command, permission or agreement with a request; an instance of a verb so inflected.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Indicating or expressive of a mild command.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In grammar, expressing command.
  • n. In grammar, a form or construction expressing command.

Etymologies

From Latin iussus, past participle of iub─ôre, to command.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Although _uiderit_ in these passages clearly has a jussive sense, it is probably future perfect in origin, since _uidero_ 'I shall look after' is quite frequent in Terence and Cicero: see Martin on Ter _Ad_ 437 'de istoc ipse uiderit' and _OLD uideo_ 18b.

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • But the jussive _petatur_ could be continuing from _ite_ in the first line; compare Statius _Sil_ IV iv 4-5 'atque ubi Romuleas uelox penetraueris arces,/continuo dextras flaui _pete_ Thybridis oras'.

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • Tadshe 'is, of course, a jussive or a yakteel elevatum (K.S. 189), and deshe' and zera 'are cognate objects.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • Note the enclitic na ', intensifying or adding vividness to a jussive in v. 7 and to a hortative in v. 8 (K.S. 355 b),.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • Similarly, Japheth is in the blessing by an equally apt paronomasia, associated with the analogous root pathah, "be open"; Hifil imperfect jussive yapht, "cause to be open" -- "grant ample territory."

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • The jussive ya'aseh is without the usual apocopation ya'as.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • The jussive (tehi) is followed by the cohortative nikhrethah (K.S. 364 g).

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • The verb used (yirdu) is a jussive (K.S. 364h) and actually establishes as a divine word the situation it outlines.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • Of the use of the jussive future in prohibition we have a conspicuous example in the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20: 13-17: Dt. 5: 17-21) - Ou moicheuseis, Ou klepseis ktl.

    A Grammar of Septuagint Greek

  • In the N.T. the jussive future is often used in passages quoted from the LXX.

    A Grammar of Septuagint Greek

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  • ~issuing a command, expressing a command

    January 18, 2009