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The aspect, or kind of action, described by a verb (as perfect, imperfect, etc.); the lexical class to which a verb belongs by virtue of the type of process, state, etc., that it denotes.
Late 19th century. From German Aktionsart, lit. ‘kind of action’ from Aktions-, combining form of Aktion action + Art kind, sort.
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