Relating to or being an utterance that asserts or states something that can be judged as true or false, such as.
The cat is on the mat.
A constative utterance, such as an assertion.
Origin of constative
- New Latin cōnstatīvus (translation of German konstatierend) (present participle of konstatieren to indicate as factual) from Latin cōnstāre to stand firm, be fixed (influenced by third person sg. present tense cōnstat it is manifest, it is a fact) (and statīvus stationary) constant
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Coined to translate the German konstatierend, using cÅnstÄt-, the perfect passive participial stem of the Latin verb cÅnstÅ (“I agree, correspond, or fit", “I am certain, decided, or consistent"), suffixed with the English -ive, suggesting a hypothetical Latin etymon of the form *cÅnstÄtÄ«vus.