Definition of factitive in English:
(Of a verb) having a sense of causing a result and taking a complement as well as an object, as in he appointed me captain.
- "The boy popped the balloon," is factitive, because "balloon" is a factitive object, that is, an object changed by the verb "popped."
- Dutch has two factitive verbs, vernieten and vernietigen, which both denote "destroy" and appear in the same range of uses and collocations.
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