- 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
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This is also called the predicate objective or the factitive object.
This word completing a transitive verb is sometimes called a factitive object, or second object, but it is a true complement.
- 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
C19: from New Latin factitīvus, from Latin factitāre to do frequently, from facere to do
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