Webster 1913 Edition
dativusappropriate to giving, fr.
dareto give. See 2d
Noting the case of a noun which expresses the remoter object, and is generally indicated in English by to or for with the objective.
In one’s gift; capable of being disposed of at will and pleasure, as an office.
Removable, as distinguished from perpetual; – said of an officer.
Given by a magistrate, as distinguished from being cast upon a party by the law.
one appointed by the judge of probate, his office answering to that of an administrator.
The dative case. See
Webster 1828 Edition