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performative

adjective per·for·ma·tive \-ˈfr-mə-tiv\

Definition of PERFORMATIVE

:  being or relating to an expression that serves to effect a transaction or that constitutes the performance of the specified act by virtue of its utterance <a performative verb such as promise> — compare constative
performative noun

First Known Use of PERFORMATIVE

1955

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