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transitive (not comparable)
- Making a transit or passage.
- 1841-1843, 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.
- Affected by transference of signification.
- 1843, John Stuart Mill, A System of Logic, Ratiocinative and Inductive:
- 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.
- (grammar, of a verb) Taking a direct object or objects.
- Antonym: intransitive
- The English verb "to notice" is a transitive verb, because we say things like "She noticed a problem".
- 1908, G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy:
- Men have tried to turn "revolutionise" from a transitive to an intransitive verb.
- (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.
- (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.
- (graph theory, of a graph) Such that, for any two vertices there exists an automorphism which maps one to the other.
making a transit or passage
affected by transference of signification
grammar, of a verb: taking an object or objects
set theory, of a relation on a set
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