- (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.
Origin of stative
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- 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
C19: from New Latin stativus, from Latin stāre to stand
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