(of a verb) having a sense of causing a result and taking a complement as well as an object, as in he appointed me captain.‘"The boy popped the balloon," is factitive, because "balloon" is a factitive object, that is, an object changed by the verb "popped."’
- ‘Dutch has two factitive verbs, vernieten and vernietigen, which both denote "destroy" and appear in the same range of uses and collocations.’
Mid 19th century from modern Latin factitivus, formed irregularly from Latin factitare, frequentative of facere ‘do, make’.
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