[ kuh n-stey-tiv ]
/ kənˈsteɪ tɪv /
Philosophy, Linguistics


(of an utterance) describing a state of affairs; making a statement that can be said to be true or false.


a constative utterance.
Compare performative.

Origin of constative

1900–05; probably < French constat(er) to affirm, verify (apparently verbal derivative of Latin constat (it) is apparent, 3rd singular present of constāre; cf. constant) + -ive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019