adjective Philosophy, Linguistics.
(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.
a performative utterance.
Compare constative.

1950–55; perform + -ative Unabridged
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performative (pəˈfɔːmətɪv)
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

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The current conversation is a performative demonstration thereof.
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