Definitions

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  • adj. Licensing only those content clauses that represent claims assumed to be true.
  • adj. which does not know any falsities: which knows only truths.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Making; having power to make.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Making; having power to make.

Etymologies

From fact and -ive. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Among Robert Gordon's distinctive contributions in (Gordon 1987) was the development of an idea first broached by (Thalberg 1977) that most ascriptions of emotions with propositional objects are "factive" ” that is, that they presuppose the truth of their propositional objects.

    Emotion

  • This prejunction of confluencies does not enrupt, of course from any real comprestanding of psochoactric sciences, but rather from the villianification of intellectuism, the disenvaluing of educationative endeavings and, of course, the enchantalizing of ignoracy that has provasivily influcted our society; a strict encountability to dictionarial vocabulism enotes a tendery to factive adherence and pompish philosophorism.

    Dylan Brody: In Defensity of Sarah Palin

  • This claim would be contested however by those like Smith who take the explanatory relation between motivating reasons and actions to be a causal one, for as Dancy acknowledges (2000, 161), explanations that are non-factive cannot be causal.

    Reasons for Action: Justification vs. Explanation

  • According to this view, when one genuinely perceives the world and sees that such and such is the case, one is in a factive mental state of knowing that such and such is the case.

    Petty Injuries

  • Furthermore, this factive mental state is not to be given a conjunctive analysis.

    Petty Injuries

  • This factive mental state can only obtain when one is veridically perceiving the world, and it cannot obtain when one is hallucinating.

    Petty Injuries

  • I hadn't realised it was told in an interwoven structure of sections, some straight fiction, some fake factive -- excerpts from encyclopaedias and such -- so it was a pleasant surprise to find it doing the sort of things I particularly like, even apart from the groovily weird but sensitively treated perversity of the subject matter.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • This fusion of the psychopathic with the apocalyptic — surely the essence of "terror" in our time — is transferred to America by another "factive" passage, this one interleaving Noman's presence in Los Angeles with the riots of 1992 and with the first attempt to bring down the World Trade Center, in 1993.

    Hobbes in the Himalayas

  • In this paper I present a large number of naturally occurring examples bearing on the question of how factive verbs interact with implicatures, and show that many of these examples are problematic for existing accounts.

    It’s All Semantics - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com

  • In the title, there is also a factive verb “Have you noticed that” and the paper is actually discussing about these kind of sentences where the “have you noticed that” let believe that the remaining of the sentence is true Belly Button Lint colour is related to the colour of your clothing.

    It’s All Semantics - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com

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