con·​sta·​tive kən-ˈstā-tiv How to pronounce constative (audio) ˈkän-stə-tiv How to pronounce constative (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a verbal form that expresses past completed action compare performative sense 1
: being or relating to an utterance (such as an assertion, question, or command) that is capable of being judged true or false
constative noun

Word History


constate to assert positively, from French constater, from Latin constat it is certain, 3rd singular present indicative of constare

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of constative was in 1901

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“Constative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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