[in-tran-si-tiv] /ɪnˈtræn sɪ tɪv/ Grammar

noting or having the quality of an .

denoting an adjective or noun that does not require any particular noun phrase as a referent
(logic, maths) (of a relation) having the property that if it holds between one argument and a second, and between the second and a third, it must fail to hold between the first and the third: “being the mother of” is an intransitive relation

1610s, from Late Latin intransitivus “not passing over” (to another person), Priscian’s term, from Latin in- “not” (see in- (1)) + transitivus “that may pass over,” from transire “to pass over” (see transitive).


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