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