factive: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (fak'tiv), [key]
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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.
  1. a factive expression.
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