retained object

noun

Definition of retained object

: an object of a verb in the predicate of a passive construction (such as me in "a book was given me" and book in "I was given a book")

First Known Use of retained object

1875, in the meaning defined above

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“Retained object.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retained%20object. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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