retained object


Also found in: Thesaurus.

retained object

n.
An object in a passive construction that is identical to the object in the corresponding active construction, as story in Susan was told the story by John.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

retained object

n
(Grammar) grammar a direct or indirect object of a passive verb. The phrase the drawings in the sentence Harry was given the drawings is a retained object
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

retained′ ob′ject


n.
an object in a passive construction identical with the direct or indirect object in the corresponding active construction, as the picture in I was shown the picture.
[1930–35]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.retained object - an object in a passive construction
object - (grammar) a constituent that is acted upon; "the object of the verb"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
| Unintentional connection of a patient requiring oxygen to an air flowmeter at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust - covering North Manchester and Royal Oldham hospitals; | A retained object following surgery on a patient at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust.
Some have suggested adding an intraoperative or postoperative radiograph for all procedures, but a cost-effectiveness report found that such a "universal" radiograph strategy is prohibitive due to an estimated cost of >$1.3 million per retained object prevented [9].
In the case of retained foreign body, a readmission involving the removal of a retained object following surgery may also be flagged as a HAC associated readmission.
The disproportionate number of retained object errors led the commission to convene an expert panel to develop recommendations.
The presence of the retained object is prima facie evidence of negligence by the surgeon in carrying out that responsibility.
The term which Gardiner proposed for what he interprets as the direct object of a passive verb form is "retained object." Since the term already features in [section]377 of the first edition of Gardiner's deservedly influential Egyptian Grammar (1927), it has a familiar ring to the Egyptological ear and is probably often heard in the classroom.
A short vertical |7~ precedes the direct object; a short squiggle (5), the retained object. (Of the latter, Pence and Emery say, "When a verb with an indirect object and a direct object is turned into the passive voice, one of the objects becomes the subject of the passive verb and the other object remains...as a retained object.") In this case, our retained object is an infinitive phrase.
The management of patients with FB in the rectum is often very challenging due to the different characteristics of retained objects. After rectal lesions have been excluded by radiological exams, a transanal extraction is required.