Definition of stative in English:



  • (of a verb) expressing a state or condition rather than an activity or event, such as be or know, as opposed to run or grow.

    ‘stative verbs in Chinese can receive present tense interpretation’
    Contrasted with dynamic
    • ‘I mean, so what if I use stative verbs in the progressive form, or use Chinese language structure for my English in daily usage?’
    • ‘Then too, the participles of verbs with intensifier un - don't generally permit stative readings.’
    • ‘On the one hand, then, it can be taken as a representation of the semantic structure of be; at the same time, it can be taken as a schematic representation of any stative verb.’


  • A stative verb.

    ‘statives are often less easily interpreted as habitual than other types of verbs’
    • ‘One thing I'm finding is that other people list verbs that I would consider perfectly normal verbs as being statives.’
    • ‘On the other hand, some imperfectives are compatible with both present simple and present progressive, whereas others - the so-called statives, as in - are compatible only with the simple present.’
    • ‘The observation that ‘tokoro-da’ cannot combine with statives without enforcing a counterfactual interpretation can be explained by the redundancy ‘tokoro-da’ introduces if added to a stative.’
    • ‘Exercise Five then asks learners to identify statives and adjective participles in an example paragraph.’


Mid 17th century: from Latin stativus, from stat- stopped, standing, from the verb stare.