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stative

[ stey-tiv ]
/ ˈsteɪ tɪv /
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adjective Grammar.

(of a verb) expressing a state or condition, as like, want, or believe, and usually used in simple, not progressive, tenses: I liked them. I want some. I will never believe it.

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Origin of stative

1625–35; <New Latin statīvus,Latin, equivalent to stat(us) (past participle of stāre to stand) + -īvus-ive
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British Dictionary definitions for stative

stative
/ (ˈsteɪtɪv) grammar /

adjective

denoting a verb describing a state rather than an activity, act, or event, such as know and want as opposed to leave and throwCompare nonstative

noun

a stative verb
C19: from New Latin stativus, from Latin stāre to stand
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