counterfactual love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Running contrary to the facts: "Cold war historiography vividly illustrates how the selection of the counterfactual question to be asked generally anticipates the desired answer” ( Timothy Garton Ash).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Contrary to the facts; untrue.
  • n. A claim, hypothesis, or other belief that is contrary to the facts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. contrary to fact; -- of assertions, ideas, assumptions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. going counter to the facts (usually as a hypothesis)

Etymologies

counter- +‎ factual (Wiktionary)

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  • The best use I heard of this was "What I'm hearing here is actually counterfactual". Meaning,of course,"You're a liar".

    February 8, 2008

  • Running contrary to the facts: "Cold war historiography vividly illustrates how the selection of the counterfactual question to be asked generally anticipates the desired answer" (Timothy Garton Ash)

    July 1, 2007