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(ˌnɒnˈsteɪtɪv) grammar
(Linguistics) Also: active denoting a verb describing an action rather than a state, as for example throw or thank as opposed to know or hate. Compare stative
(Linguistics) a nonstative verb
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(nɒnˈsteɪ tɪv)

(of a verb) expressing an action or process, as run or grow, and able to be used in either simple or progressive tenses, as I run every day;I'm running now. Compare stative.
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nonstative. Thus, [[pi].sub.f] operators as grammatical means of specifying predicate features are less common.

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