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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