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Lexical verb

One of the open class of verbs, which will tend to fill the role of head verb in a verb phrase — Debate; Sit; Pontificate; Jog; Describe.


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Logical presupposition

A presupposition caused by a change of state verb, factive verb or iterative word — The kitten stopped destroying everything in sight (it was destroying everything in sight before).