adjective er·ga·tive \ˈər-gə-tiv\

Definition of ergative

  1. :  of, relating to, or being a language (as Inuit or Georgian) in which the objects of transitive verbs and subjects of intransitive verbs are typically marked by the same linguistic forms; also :  being an inflectional morpheme that typically marks the subject of a transitive verb in an ergative language

Origin and Etymology of ergative

Greek ergatēs worker, from ergon work

First Known Use: 1939

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