[koun-ter-fak-choo-uh l] /ˌkaʊn tərˈfæk tʃu əl/
a conditional statement the first clause of which expresses something contrary to fact, as “If I had known.”.
expressing what has not happened but could, would, or might under differing conditions
a conditional statement in which the first clause is a past tense subjunctive statement expressing something contrary to fact, as in: if she had hurried she would have caught the bus
1946, from counter- + factual.
counterextension coun·ter·ex·ten·sion (koun’tər-ĭk-stěn’shən) n. See countertraction.
[kuhn-tree] /ˈkʌn tri/ noun, plural countries. 1. a state or nation: What European countries have you visited? 2. the territory of a nation. 3. the people of a district, state, or nation: The whole country backed the president in his decision. 4. the land of one’s birth or citizenship. 5. rural districts, including farmland, parkland, […]
[kuhn-truh-fahyd] /ˈkʌn trəˌfaɪd/ adjective 1. rustic or rural in appearance, conduct, etc.: a countrified person; a countrified area amid the suburbs. 2. not sophisticated or cosmopolitan; provincial. [kuhn-truh-fahy] /ˈkʌn trəˌfaɪ/ verb (used with object), countrified, countrifying. 1. to make . /ˈkʌntrɪˌfaɪd/ adjective 1. in the style, manners, etc, of the country; rural adj. 1650s, from […]
[kuhn-truh-fahy] /ˈkʌn trəˌfaɪ/ verb (used with object), countrified, countrifying. 1. to make .