adjective Philosophy, Linguistics.
Examples from the Web for performative
George and his brother Richard are the founders of Major League Eating, but George is the performative half of the duo.
It was a technical and performative dance and everyone needed to be on time and in time.Lupita Nyong’o On Her Magical Journey from Kenya to ‘12 Years A Slave’ and Possible Oscar Glory|Marlow Stern|February 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This, you could say, is the tension at the heart of much of the West's performative art.
British Dictionary definitions for performative
adjective linguistics philosophy
- denoting an utterance that constitutes some act, esp the act described by the verb. For example, I confess that I was there is itself a confession, and so is performative in the narrower sense, while I'd like you to meet … (effecting an introduction) is performative only in the looser senseSee also locutionary act, illocution, perlocution
- (as noun)that sentence is a performative
- denoting a verb that may be used as the main verb in such an utterance
- (as noun)``promise'' is a performative