transitive

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English[edit]

Set theory: An example of a transitivity relation.

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From Latin transitivus, from transitus, from trans (across) + itus, from eo (to go).

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transitive (not comparable)

  1. Making a transit or passage.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Poet:
      For all symbols are fluxional; all language is vehicular and transitive, and is good, as ferries and horses are, for conveyance, not as farms and houses are, for homestead.
  2. Affected by transference of signification.
    • (Can we [[:Category:Requests for quotation/John Stuart Mill|find and add]] a quotation of John Stuart Mill to this entry?)[[Category:Requests for quotation/John Stuart Mill|transitive]]
      By far the greater part of the transitive or derivative applications of words depend on casual and unaccountable caprices of the feelings or the fancy.
  3. (grammar, of a verb) Taking an object or objects.
    The English verb "to notice" is a transitive verb, because we say things like "She noticed a problem".
    • (Can we date this quote?) G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy:
      Men have tried to turn "revolutionise" from a transitive to an intransitive verb.
  4. (set theory, of a relation on a set) Having the property that if an element x is related to y and y is related to z, then x is necessarily related to z.
    "Is an ancestor of" is a transitive relation: if Alice is an ancestor of Bob, and Bob is an ancestor of Carol, then Alice is an ancestor of Carol.
  5. (algebra, of a group action) Such that, for any two elements of the acted-upon set, some group element maps the first to the second.

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French[edit]

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transitive

  1. feminine form of transitif

Italian[edit]

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transitive

  1. feminine plural of transitivo

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Latin[edit]

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transitīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of transitīvus