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Designating, being in, or relating to a case in certain Finno-Ugric languages, especially Finnish, which expresses the absence of something.
The abessive case; a word, form, etc., in the abessive case.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Barnes (1801–1886), poet and philologist. From classical Latin abesse to be absent, to be away, to be elsewhere, to be distant + -ive.
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