[ fak-tiv ]
/ ˈfæk tɪv /
(of a verb, adjective, or noun phrase) presupposing the truth of an embedded sentence that serves as complement, as realize in I didn't realize that he had left, which presupposes that it is true that he had left.
a factive expression.
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What Is The Difference Between “Might” And “May”?May expresses likelihood while might expresses a stronger sense of doubt or a contrary-to-fact hypothetical. The difference in degree between “You may be right” and “You might be right” is slight but not insignificant: if I say you may be right about something, there is a higher degree of probability that you are right about it than if I say you might be right about something. Example: You think Einstein is the most brilliant physicist who …
Related formsfac·tiv·i·ty, noun
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Even so within the mind of man we may discern a triple series—the factive, practical, and speculative intellects.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature|John Addington Symonds
British Dictionary definitions for factive
/ (ˈfæktɪv) /
logic linguistics philosophy (of a linguistic context) giving rise to the presupposition that a sentence occurring in that context is true, as John regrets that Mary did not attend
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