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factitive

[fak-ti-tiv]
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adjective Grammar.
  1. noting or pertaining to verbs that express the idea of making or rendering in a certain way and that take a direct object and an additional word or group of words indicating the result of the process, as made in They made him king.

Origin of factitive

1840–50; < New Latin factitīvus, equivalent to factit- (stem of Latin factitāre to do often, practice, declare (someone) to be) + -īvus -ive
Related formsfac·ti·tive·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for factitive

Historical Examples

  • This is also called the predicate objective or the factitive object.

    An English Grammar

    W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell

  • This word completing a transitive verb is sometimes called a factitive object, or second object, but it is a true complement.

    An English Grammar

    W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell


British Dictionary definitions for factitive

factitive

adjective
  1. grammar denoting a verb taking a direct object as well as a noun in apposition, as for example elect in they elected John president, where John is the direct object and president is the complement
Derived Formsfactitively, adverb

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin factitīvus, from Latin factitāre to do frequently, from facere to do
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