[ fak-ti-tiv ]
/ ˈfæk tɪ tɪv /

adjective Grammar.

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


fac·ti·tive·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for factitive

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

    An English Grammar|W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell

British Dictionary definitions for factitive

/ (ˈfæktɪtɪv) /


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 forms of factitive

factitively, adverb

Word Origin for factitive

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