Definition of factive in English:
Denoting a verb that assigns the status of an established fact to its object (normally a clausal object), e.g. know, regret, resent. Contrasted with contrafactive, non-factive.
- This is because knowledge and direct perception predicates are factive, in that they presuppose the truth of their complements.
- As we saw above, seeing is a somewhat more debated example of a broad mental state: but if seeing is, as some claim, factive, then if I saw Caesar cross the Rubicon, Caesar and the Rubicon exist.
- The indefeasibility approach offers a new slant on the idea that knowledge should be infallible, offering something intermediate between the merely factive character of knowledge and the Platonic demand for absolute infallibility.
Definition of factive in:
- US English dictionary
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