performative

[per-fawr-muh-tiv]
adjective Philosophy, Linguistics.
1.
(of an expression or statement) performing an act by the very fact of being uttered, as with the expression “I promise,” that performs the act of promising.
noun
2.
a performative utterance.
Compare constative.


Origin:
1950–55; perform + -ative

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performative (pəˈfɔːmətɪv)
 
adj
1.  a.  locutionary act illocution See also perlocution denoting an utterance that constitutes some act, esp the act described by the verb. For example, I confess that I was there is itself a confession, and so is performative in the narrower sense, while I'd like you to meet … (effecting an introduction) is performative only in the looser sense
 b.  (as noun): that sentence is a performative
2.  a.  denoting a verb that may be used as the main verb in such an utterance
 b.  (as noun): ``promise'' is a performative
 
per'formatively
 
adv

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The current conversation is a performative demonstration thereof.
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