Gram. of or designating a class of verbs that express a state or condition (Ex.: I have the keys; Sue is a lawyer; I know the facts), rather than an action
Belonging to or designating a class of verbs that express a state or condition.
A verb of the stative class.
Origin of stativeLatin stat&imacron;vus, stationary, from stare, stat-, to stand; see sta- in Indo-European roots.
- (grammar) asserting that a subject has a particular property