Word of the Day: stative

Michael E. Kirkpatrick · The New Oxford American Dictionary ·

stative |ˈstādiv| Linguistics

(of a verb) expressing a state or condition rather than an activity or event, such as be or know, as opposed to run or grow. Contrasted with dynamic

a stative verb.

mid 17th century: from Latin stativus, from stat- ‘stopped, standing,’ from the verb stare.