• enPR: trăn'zĭtĭv, IPA: /ˈtɹænzɪtɪv/

transitive (not comparable)

  1. Making a transit or passage.
  2. Affected by transference of signification.
  3. (grammar, of a verb) Taking a direct object or objects.
    Antonyms: intransitive
    The English verb "to notice" is a transitive verb, because we say things like "She noticed a problem".
  4. (set theory, of a relation on a set) Having the property that if an element x is related to y and y is related to z, then x is necessarily related to z.
    Antonyms: intransitive, nontransitive
    "Is an ancestor of" is a transitive relation: if Alice is an ancestor of Bob, and Bob is an ancestor of Carol, then Alice is an ancestor of Carol.
  5. (algebra, of a group action) Such that, for any two elements of the acted-upon set, some group element maps the first to the second.
  6. (graph theory, of a graph) Such that, for any two vertices there exists an automorphism which maps one to the other.
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