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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Tran·si·tive a.
 1. Having the power of making a transit, or passage. [R.]
 2. Effected by transference of signification.
    By far the greater part of the transitive or derivative applications of words depend on casual and unaccountable caprices of the feelings or the fancy.   --Stewart.
 3. Gram. Passing over to an object; expressing an action which is not limited to the agent or subject, but which requires an object to complete the sense; as, a transitive verb, for example, he holds the book.
 -- Tran*si*tive*ly, adv. -- Tran*si*tive*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : the grammatical relation created by a transitive verb [syn:
          transitivity] [ant: intransitivity]