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1. Tending toward perfection.
2. Grammar Of, related to, or being the aspect that expresses the completion or the result of the action denoted by the verb.
n. Grammar
1. The perfective aspect.
2. A perfective verb form.
3. A verb having a perfective form.

per·fec′tive·ly adv.
per·fec′tive·ness, per′fec·tiv′i·ty (pûr′fĕk-tĭv′ĭ-tē) n.


(Grammar) grammar the state or quality of being (a) perfective
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For Wohlman, it seems, others are our good because they are in fact perfective of us, but we can love them for their own sake because their perfectivity of us is not the formal reason for our love, but only a material condition; the formal reason for our love is their inherent goodness.
Her topics are aspect, aktionsart, and New Testament Greek; approaches to event typology; a corpus approach to Koine Greek event typology; telicity and perfectivity in Koine Greek; and towards an interpretive understanding of aktionsart.
Whereas the first ya positions the event temporally, the second ya serves to emphasize the perfectivity of the event (the fact that the event is viewed as completed by the speaker).
They also occur in other Shina varieties (Radloff and Shakil 1998, 184; Schmidt 2001, 444), but in Kohistani and Gilgiti Shina, for instance, those are only found in the intransitive paradigm (Kohistani Shina: sa tarilo 'he swam', sa amuthi 'she forgot', (Schmidt and Kohistani 2008, 138, 142)), while the marker of perfectivity in the transitive paradigm is a grammaticalization of 'go' (Schmidt and Kohistani 2008, 130-132; Bailey 1924, 27).
38) Even if Maupas remained locked into the Latin grammarians' association of the perfect with perfectivity, he was upbeat about French having more tenses than Latin (39) and so was on the lookout for the additional expressive possibilities they offered.
Although the concept of boundness also appears in the literature as a key feature of perfectivity, it is widely understood that perfectivity goes hand in hand with an understanding of completion within a temporal interval.
The morphological make-up of these participles consists of two types of suffix (-ed and -ing) attached to the verb stem to show perfectivity and imperfectivity respectively.
First, the perfective forms belonging to what I will refer to as the T-forming class (forming perfective forms with -t or in some cases -d or -t) most certainly go back on a Sanskrit past (passive) participle -ta (Whitney 2002 [1889]: 952), representing an early development of a perfectivity category, contrasting initially with an aspectually unmarked plain verb stem.
Namely, past tense inflections are first going to be associated with just one category, perfectivity, and present participle inflections with imperfectivity, only to spread later to other categories.
Reduplication as a means of expressing perfectivity (3) has been employed in various Indo-European languages.
The first is to provide a semantic classification of diminutive verbs in Croatian within a cognitive linguistics framework which will take into account a) the polysemous structures formed by the diminutive verbs with respect to the underlying conceptualization patterns, b) their interaction with the traditionally grammatical notions of perfectivity, pluractionality and iterativity.
Mixing up prefixes should be understood as using the prefix which is incorrect from the adult point of view because it does not combine with a particular verb even though it has got a similar meaning to the prefix that is conventionally used in this context, expressing at the same time perfectivity (see 8a and 8b).