fac·​ti·​tive ˈfak-tə-tiv How to pronounce factitive (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a transitive verb that in some constructions requires an objective complement as well as an object
factitively adverb

Word History


borrowed from German factitiv, from Latin factus (past participle of facere "to make, bring about") + -itiv (in transitiv transitive) — more at fact

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of factitive was in 1830

Dictionary Entries Near factitive

Cite this Entry

“Factitive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factitive. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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