# transitivity

(redirected from Transitive action)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Related to Transitive action: Simply transitive, Stabilizer subgroup

## tran·si·tive

(trăn′sĭ-tĭv, -zĭ-)
1. Abbr. trans. or tr. or t. Grammar Expressing an action carried from the subject to the object; requiring a direct object to complete meaning. Used of a verb or verb construction.
2. Characterized by or involving transition.
3. Logic & Mathematics Of or relating to a binary relation such that, whenever one element is related to a second element and the second element is related to a third element, then the first element is also related to the third element. Examples of transitive relations are "less than" for real numbers (a < b and b < c implies a < c) and divisibility for integers (a divides b and b divides c mean that a divides c).
n. Grammar
A transitive verb.

[Late Latin trānsitīvus, passing over (translation of Greek diabibastikos), from trānsitus, past participle of trānsīre, to go over; see transient.]

tran′si·tive·ness, tran′si·tiv′i·ty n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 transitivity - (logic and mathematics) a relation between three elements such that if it holds between the first and second and it also holds between the second and third it must necessarily hold between the first and thirdmath, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangementlogic - the branch of philosophy that analyzes inferencelogical relation - a relation between propositionsmathematical relation - a relation between mathematical expressions (such as equality or inequality) 2 transitivity - the grammatical relation created by a transitive verbtransitivenessgrammatical relation - a linguistic relation established by grammarintransitiveness, intransitivity - the grammatical relation created by an intransitive verb
Translations

## transitivity

[ˌtrænsɪˈtɪvɪtɪ] N

## transitivity

[ˌtrænzɪˈtɪvəti] ntransit lounge nsalle f de transit

## transitivity

References in periodicals archive ?
In a letter to Fauskanger reproduced in the essay "Orkish and the Black Speech: a base language for base purposes," the historian Alexandre Nemirovsky observes that the main points of grammar, evident in the ring-inscription alone, narrows the range of possible sources quite considerably: "cases are expressed by post-logs (ishi), only the Nominative case has a zero ending (nazg), and [...] the personal pronoun naming the object of a transitive action is included in the verbal form only" (Nemirovsky 2008).
By the theory of electrical networks (see [10] for details), the Schreier graphs of a transitive action of a finitely generated group G on X carry a recurrent random walk if and only there exists a sequence of finitely supported function [a.sub.n] : X [right arrow] [0,1] that satisfy :
(80) The boy is cold (patient of state) The boy coughed (agent [or patient?] of unintentional action) The boy ran (agent of intentional intransitive action) The boy is eating bread (transitive affecting agent) The boy is baking bread (transitive effecting agent) The boy is washing (agent of reflexive action) A bottle of wine was given to the teacher (patient of transitive action) The teacher was given a bottle of wine (recipient of transitive action) This violin is easy to play the sonata on (locative of transitive action) etc.
The former is an immanent activity, the latter a transitive action. Moral action, unlike transitive action, has an immanent end, one which resides and remains in the subject, in his activity.

Site: Follow: Share:
Open / Close