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[ non-sta-tiv ]
/ nɒnˈstæ tɪv /

adjective Grammar.

(of a verb) expressing an action or process, as run or grow, and able to be used in either simple or progressive tenses: I run every day. I am running home now.

Nearby words

nonspecular reflection, nonsporting, nonsporting dog, nonstandard, nonstarter, nonstative, nonsteroidal, nonstick, nonstoichiometric, nonstop, nonstrategic
Also dynamic.
Compare stative.

Origin of nonstative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for nonstative


/ (nɒnˈsteɪtɪv) grammar /


denoting a verb describing an action rather than a state, as for example throw or thank as opposed to know or hateCompare stative


a nonstative verb
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