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This page has 14 definitions of transitive with English translations in 5 languages. Transitive is an adjective. Examples of how to use transitive in a sentence are shown. Also define these 23 related words and terms: transit, transference, grammar, direct object, intransitive, set theory, relation, set, nontransitive, algebra, group action, two, element, act, map, graph theory, graph, vertex, automorphism, transitif, transitiv, transitivo, and transitivus.

English transitive definition

Set theory: An example of a transitivity relation.

Etymology

From Latin trānsitīvus, from trānsitus, from trāns (across) + itus, from (to go).

Pronunciation

Adjective

transitive (not comparable)

  1. Making a transit or passage.
    • 1841-1843, Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Poet:
      For all symbols are fluxional; all language is vehicular and transitive, and is good, as ferries and horses are, for conveyance, not as farms and houses are, for homestead.
  2. Affected by transference of signification.
    • 1843, John Stuart Mill, A System of Logic, Ratiocinative and Inductive:
      By far the greater part of the transitive or derivative applications of words depend on casual and unaccountable caprices of the feelings or the fancy.
  3. (grammar, of a verb) Taking a direct object or objects.
    Antonym: intransitive
    The English verb "to notice" is a transitive verb, because we say things like "She noticed a problem".
    • 1908, G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy:
      Men have tried to turn "revolutionise" from a transitive to an intransitive verb.
  4. (set theory, of a relation on a set) Having the property that if an element x is related to y and y is related to z, then x is necessarily related to z.
    Antonyms: intransitive, nontransitive
    "Is an ancestor of" is a transitive relation: if Alice is an ancestor of Bob, and Bob is an ancestor of Carol, then Alice is an ancestor of Carol.
  5. (algebra, of a group action) Such that, for any two elements of the acted-upon set, some group element maps the first to the second.
    • Algebra definition
      A system for computation using letters or other symbols to represent numbers, with rules for manipulating these symbols. (1 of 8 algebra definitions)
  6. (graph theory, of a graph) Such that, for any two vertices there exists an automorphism which maps one to the other.

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French transitive definition

Pronunciation

Adjective

transitive

  1. feminine singular of transitif
    • Transitif definition
      transitive (in grammar: of a verb, that takes an object or objects)

German transitive definition

Pronunciation

Adjective

transitive

  1. inflection of transitiv:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular
    • Transitiv definition
      transitive

Italian transitive definition

Adjective

transitive

  1. feminine plural of transitivo
    • Transitivo definition
      transitive

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Latin transitive definition

Adjective

trānsitīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of trānsitīvus
    • Transitivus definition
      transiting (passing over)