Definition of non-factive in English:

non-factive

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adjective

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  • Denoting a verb that takes a clausal object which may or may not designate a true fact, e.g. believe as opposed to know. Contrasted with contrafactive, factive.
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    • This investigation studied the development of certain predicates called factives, such as "sad,""happy,""know," and "true," by studying the semantic effects of negation on the complements of both factive and non-factive predicates.

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