performative

adjective per·for·ma·tive \ pər-ˈfȯr-mə-tiv , pə- \
|Updated on: 15 Jun 2018

Definition of performative

: being or relating to an expression that serves to effect a transaction or that constitutes the performance of the specified act by virtue of its utterance
  • a performative verb such as promise
— compare constative

performative

noun

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1922

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