from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Belonging to or designating a class of verbs that express a state or condition.
  • n. A verb of the stative class.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. asserting that a subject has a particular property
  • adj. Of or relating to a fixed camp, or military posts or quarters.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a fixed camp, or military posts or quarters.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to a fixed camp or military post or quarters.
  • In Hebrew grammar, indicating a physical state, or mental, intransitive, or reflexive action: said of certain verbs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. ( used of verbs (e.g. `be' or `own') and most participial adjectives) expressing existence or a state rather than an action


Latin statīvus, stationary, from stāre, stat-, to stand.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin stativus (Wiktionary)


  • The development of reduplicated perfects with built in punctual meaning directly out of a "stative" requires the brunt of explanation.

    New thought: A 2D matrix of eventive/non-eventive and subjective/objective

  • Also, the use of the continuous can change what we might normally think of as a stative verb into a dynamic one, with consequent change in meaning.

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  • I know that the moment stative verbs crop up as a theme in a lesson, this example will be thrown at me.

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  • One nearly always prefixes single-syllable stative verbs with a 很 or 挺 (in Mandarin - Cantonese uses 好 almost exclusively.

    On long time no see

  • Is an active-stative or subjective-objective system more appropriate for earliest Common Proto-IE

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  • There is a group of verbs, moreover, that have two lexical roots, both referring to the same verbal concept, yet one representing its active aspect, and one representing its stative aspect.

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  • The problem is that the first pair she lists is *h₁es- 'to be' & *bʰeuh₂- 'to become' and if it's true that one is "active" and one is "stative" in a system where the active verbs are supposed to be marked by the *mi-set of pronominal endings and the stative verbs are marked by the *h₂e-set, then she and other Indoeuropeanists appear to have contradicted themselves2.

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  • Is an active-stative or subjective-objective syste...

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  • For instance, concerning the absence of a verb 'to have' in Indo-European, Brigitte Bauer in Archaic Syntax in Indo-European first goes on to explain: Instead, [Proto-IE] had constructions of the type mihi est, which includes a stative verb 'be' [...]

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  • Yet before listing off some examples of active-stative verb pairs, she shares in the same paragraph: In addition, Indo-European languages display residues of a lexical distinction between active and stative verbs.

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