/keuhn stay"tiv/, Philos., Ling.
1. (of an utterance) describing a state of affairs; making a statement that can be said to be true or false.
2. a constative utterance. Cf. performative.
[1900-05; prob. < F constat(er) to affirm, verify (appar. v. deriv. of L constat (it) is apparent, 3d sing. pres. of constare; cf. CONSTANT) + -IVE]

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