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



BrE BrE//ˈsteɪtɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsteɪtɪv//
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(of verbs) describing a state rather than an action. Stative verbs (for example be, seem, understand, like, own) are not usually used in the progressive tenses. compare dynamic Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin stativus, from stat- ‘stopped, standing’, from the verb stare.
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