Transitive Definition

trănsĭ-tĭv, -zĭ-
Of, showing, or characterized by transition; transitional.
Webster's New World
Expressing an action thought of as passing over to and having an effect on some person or thing; taking a direct object.
Webster's New World
Designating a relation having the property that, whenever a first element bears a particular relation to a second that in turn bears this same relation to a third, the first element bears this relation to the third.
Identity and equality are transitive relations.
Webster's New World

Making a transit or passage.


Affected by transference of signification.

A transitive verb.
Webster's New World

Origin of Transitive

  • Late Latin trānsitīvus passing over (translation of Greek diabibastikos) from trānsitus past participle of trānsīre to go over transient

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin transitivus, from transitus, from trans (“across") + itus, from eo (“to go").

    From Wiktionary

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