Gram. designating or of a verb that expresses the idea of making, calling, or thinking something to be of a certain character, using a noun, pronoun, or adjective as a complement to its direct object (Ex.: make the dress short, elect him mayor)
Origin of factitiveModL, factitivus, irregular from Classical Latin factus, past participle of facere, do
Of or constituting a transitive verb that renders to a thing a certain character or status and that in English can take an objective complement modifying its direct object, such as make in That makes me angry, or elect in We elected him Treasurer.
Origin of factitiveNew Latin factitīvus from Latin factitāre to do, practice frequentative of facere to do ; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.