factive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From fact and -ive.

Adjective[edit]

factive (not comparable)

  1. (linguistics, of a verb) Licensing only those content clauses that represent claims assumed to be true.
    You can't say he "discovered" that the moon is made of green cheese, because "discover" is a factive verb and the moon isn't made of green cheese.
  2. (epistemology, of a knowing agent) which does not know any falsities: which knows only truths.