Of, relating to, or being the grammatical case expressing means, as Finnish puhumalla "by speaking, while speaking."
1. The adessive case.
2. A word in the adessive case.
[From Latin adesse, to be present : ad-, ad- + esse, to be; see es- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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