What does the word dative mean?

Usage examples for dative

  1. The termination of the Greek dative in i, was originally the termination of the locative. – Lectures on The Science of Language by Max Müller
  2. If it is a " sign of the infinitive," because it is used before no other mood; so is it a sign of the objective case, or of what in Latin is called the dative, because it precedes no other case. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown