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intransitive

[in-tran-si-tiv] /ɪnˈtræn sɪ tɪv/
adjective
1.
noting or having the quality of an intransitive verb.
noun
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin intrānsitīvus. See in-3, transitive
Related forms
intransitively, adverb
intransitiveness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for intransitiveness

intransitive

/ɪnˈtrænsɪtɪv/
adjective
1.
  1. denoting a verb when it does not require a direct object
  2. denoting a verb that customarily does not require a direct object: "to faint" is an intransitive verb
  3. (as noun) a verb in either of these categories
2.
denoting an adjective or noun that does not require any particular noun phrase as a referent
3.
(logic, maths) (of a relation) having the property that if it holds between one argument and a second, and between the second and a third, it must fail to hold between the first and the third: "being the mother of" is an intransitive relation
Derived Forms
intransitively, adverb
intransitivity, intransitiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for intransitiveness

intransitive

adj.

1610s, from Late Latin intransitivus "not passing over" (to another person), Priscian's term, from Latin in- "not" (see in- (1)) + transitivus "that may pass over," from transire "to pass over" (see transitive).

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