subjective complement


: a grammatical complement relating to the subject of an intransitive verb (such as sick in "he had fallen sick")

Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subjective complement was in 1923

Dictionary Entries Near subjective complement

Cite this Entry

“Subjective complement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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