dative bond

The coordination bond formed upon interaction between molecular species, one of which serves as a donor and the other as an acceptor of the electron pair to be shared in the complex formed, e.g, the N-->B bond in H3N-->BH3. In spite of the analogy of dative bonds with covalent bonds, in that both types imply sharing a common electron pair between two vicinal atoms, the former are distinguished by their significant polarity, lesser strength, and greater length. The distinctive feature of dative bonds is that their minimum-energy rupture in the gas phase or in inert solvent follows the heterolytic bond cleavage path.
PAC, 1999, 71, 1919. 'Glossary of terms used in theoretical organic chemistry' on page 1933 (https://doi.org/10.1351/pac199971101919)