(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.

Nearby words

  1. factitious,
  2. factitious disorder,
  3. factitiously,
  4. factitive,
  5. factitively,
  6. factoid,
  7. factor,
  8. factor analysis,
  9. factor cost,
  10. factor group

Origin of factive

First recorded in 1605–15; fact + -ive

Related formsfac·tiv·i·ty, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for factivity



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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