1. Adjective.  (obsolete) Taking away or removing.
  2. Adjective.  (grammar) Applied to one of the cases of the noun in some languages, the fundamental meaning of the case being removal, separation, or taking away.
  3. Adjective.  (context, engineering) Sacrificial, wearing away or being destroyed in order to protect the underlying, as in ablative paints used for antifouling.
  4. Noun.  (grammar) The ablative case.

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