Definition of constative
1 : of, relating to, or being a verbal form that expresses past completed action — compare performative
2 : being or relating to an utterance (as an assertion, question, or command) that is capable of being judged true or false
Origin and Etymology of constative
constate to assert positively, from French constater, from Latin constat it is certain, 3d singular present indicative of constare
First Known Use: 1901
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