constative

constative

[kuhn-stey-tiv] Philosophy, Linguistics.
adjective
1.
(of an utterance) describing a state of affairs; making a statement that can be said to be true or false.
noun
2.
a constative utterance.
Compare performative.


Origin:
1900–05; probably < French constat(er) to affirm, verify (apparently verbal derivative of Latin constat (it) is apparent, 3rd singular present of constāre; cf. constant) + -ive

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