commissive

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adjective com·mis·sive \ kə-ˈmi-siv \

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 Law2012

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'AndradeAmerican AnthropologistMarch 2002

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First Known Use of commissive

1963


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