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  1. (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.
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  1. a factive expression.
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Origin of factive

First recorded in 1605–15; fact + -ive
Related formsfac·tiv·i·ty, noun
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Historical Examples of factive

  • 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


  1. 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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