com·​mis·​sive | \ kə-ˈmi-siv How to pronounce commissive (audio) \

Definition of commissive

: constituting a statement that commits the speaker to some future action : expressive of commitment Among the various commissive illocutions, a promise is the strongest mode of commitment that one can make. Here, too, it would be more usual for a commissive utterance to be expressed implicitly: “I will sell you my car for $2500,” “I will not drink when driving.” — Sanford Schane, in The Oxford Handbook of Language and Law, 2012

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Other Words from commissive

commissive noun, plural commissives
Commissives are basically promises to do something or commitments of some sort: for example, “I'll bring the beer.” — Roy D'Andrade, American Anthropologist, March 2002

First Known Use of commissive

1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Commissive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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