Factitive
Factitive Fac"ti*tive a. [See {Fact}.] 1. Causing; causative. [1913 Webster]

2. (Gram.) Pertaining to that relation which is proper when the act, as of a transitive verb, is not merely received by an object, but produces some change in the object, as when we say, He made the water wine. [1913 Webster]

Sometimes the idea of activity in a verb or adjective involves in it a reference to an effect, in the way of causality, in the active voice on the immediate objects, and in the passive voice on the subject of such activity. This second object is called the factitive object. --J. W. Gibbs. [1913 Webster]


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  • factitive — adjective Etymology: probably from Latin factitare to do habitually, frequentative of facere Date: 1846 of, relating to, or being a transitive verb that in some constructions requires an objective complement as well as an object • factitively… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • factitive — См. fattitivo …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

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  • factitive — adjective a) Causative b) Factive …   Wiktionary

  • factitive — fac·ti·tive || fæktɪtɪv adj. causing, bringing about; active as a cause, effective in producing an outcome …   English contemporary dictionary

  • factitive — [ faktɪtɪv] adjective Linguistics denoting a verb having a sense of causing a result and taking a complement as well as an object, as in he appointed me captain. Origin C19: from mod. L. factitivus, formed irregularly from L. factitare,… …   English new terms dictionary

  • factitive — fac·ti·tive …   English syllables

  • factitive — fac•ti•tive [[t]ˈfæk tɪ tɪv[/t]] adj. gram. of or pertaining to a verb that expresses the idea of rendering in a certain way and that takes a direct object and an additional word or phrase indicating the result of the process, as made in They… …   From formal English to slang

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