[fak-tiv] /ˈfæk tɪv/ Linguistics

(of a verb, adjective, or noun phrase) presupposing the truth of an embedded sentence that serves as complement, as realize in I didn’t realize that he had left, which presupposes that it is true that he had left.
a factive expression.
(logic, linguistics, philosophy) (of a linguistic context) giving rise to the presupposition that a sentence occurring in that context is true, as John regrets that Mary did not attend


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