constative

[kuh n-stey-tiv]Philosophy, Linguistics

adjective

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

noun

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
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