- a conditional statement the first clause of which expresses something contrary to fact, as “If I had known.”
Origin of counterfactual
Examples from the Web for counterfactual
Contemporary Examples of counterfactual
Psychologists call this awareness of what might have been “counterfactual thinking.”What’s a Key to Victory in Sochi? Coming So Close to Defeat.
February 23, 2014
His counterfactual musings don't provide any practicable, coherent or implementable alternatives.Israel and Palestine Vs. ‘Blood and Magic’
Hussein Ibish, Saliba Sarsar
September 17, 2013
But let's consider a counterfactual: Republicans double down.Who Wins a Fiscal Cliff Showdown?
October 18, 2012
It will depend upon the counterfactual—who is the other person.Interview With Claudia Goldin
Samuel P. Jacobs
July 13, 2009
- expressing what has not happened but could, would, or might under differing conditions
- a conditional statement in which the first clause is a past tense subjunctive statement expressing something contrary to fact, as inif she had hurried she would have caught the bus