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 (such 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, 3rd singular present indicative of constare
First Known Use: 1901See Words from the same year
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up constative? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).