Definition of durative in US English:



  • Denoting or relating to continuing action.

    Contrasted with punctual
    • ‘This paper presents a representation system for maintaining interacting durative states to replicate realistic emotional control.’
    • ‘Figure 6 depicts a basic durative action, load-truck, in which there is no numeric change.’
    • ‘Despite the fact that it is not used compulsorily (as in English), Dutch has two durative constructions.’
    • ‘Time adverbials introduced by until impose restrictions on the aspectual class of the main clause they combine with: they only combine with durative sentences.’
    • ‘There are three features that can be distinguished for this purpose: dynamic, telic, durative.’