Definition of resultative in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈzʌltətɪv/


Expressing, indicating, or relating to the outcome of an action.
Example sentences
  • This crosslinguistic asymmetry has not received an entirely satisfactory explanation, despite the fact that resultative predication has been widely discussed from a variety of perspectives.
  • Applying this agenda to the resultative construction, one might search for semantic or other constraints on the construction's acceptability.
  • The analysis will then be extended to resultative and depictive secondary predicates in sections 4 and 5, and will be compared to some of the syntactically based alternatives that have been proposed in the literature.


A resultative verb, conjunction, or clause.
Example sentences
  • The question raised from this semantics is, where does the causative interpretation of resultatives come from?
  • We have argued that all of resultatives, depictives, and quasi-serials in languages like English, and serial verbs under their various interpretations, have essentially the same structure.

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