[ stey-tiv ]
/ ˈsteɪ tɪv /

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.
Compare nonstative.

Origin of stative

1625–35; < New Latin statīvus, Latin, equivalent to stat(us) (past participle of stāre to stand) + -īvus -ive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for stative

/ (ˈsteɪtɪv) grammar /


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


a stative verb

Word Origin for stative

C19: from New Latin stativus, from Latin stāre to stand
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