[ fak-ti-tiv ]
/ ˈfæk tɪ tɪv /
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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This word completing a transitive verb is sometimes called a factitive object, or second object, but it is a true complement.
This is also called the predicate objective or the factitive object.
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 Formsfactitively, adverb
Word Origin for factitive
C19: from New Latin factitīvus, from Latin factitāre to do frequently, from facere to do
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