Cool Word!

pertaining to the case when the action indicated by a transitive verb is not merely received by an object but produces some change in the object. “The boy popped the balloon,” is factitive, because “balloon” is a factitive object, that is, an object changed by the verb “popped.” But “The boy held the balloon,” is not factitive, because the object “balloon” is only the recipient of the action indicated by the verb “held” and is not changed by it.

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  • 1/4/2008 at 10:43 pm

    This word is lame.
    Better word off the top of my had?

    pusillanimous: lacking in courage and manly strength


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