Definition of factitive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfæktətɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfæktətɪv//
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(of verbs) followed by a direct object and a complement. Factitive verbs describe a situation where there is a result to the action. In I painted it red and they made her captain, painted and made are factitive. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from modern Latin factitivus, formed irregularly from Latin factitare, frequentative of facere ‘do, make’.
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