constative

adjective
con·​sta·​tive | \ kən-ˈstā-tiv How to pronounce constative (audio) , ˈkän-stə-tiv How to pronounce constative (audio) \

Definition of constative

1 : of, relating to, or being a verbal form that expresses past completed action — compare performative sense 1
2 : being or relating to an utterance (such as an assertion, question, or command) that is capable of being judged true or false

Other Words from constative

constative noun

First Known Use of constative

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for constative

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

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“Constative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constative. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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