Counterfactual meaning

kountər-făkcho͝o-əl
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Running contrary to the facts.
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A counterfactual idea, assumption, or argument.
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A counterfactual is defined as a statement that is not true.

In the sentence "If dogs had no ears, they could not hear" the statement "if dogs had no ears" is an example of a counterfactual because dogs DO have ears..

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The definition of counterfactual is something that is contrary to the truth or that did not actually occur.

When Brian was the one responsible for stealing the car and you instead tell the story as if Joe was responsible for stealing the car, this is an example of a time when you give a counterfactual account of events.

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Contrary to the facts of an event, situation, etc.
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A claim, hypothesis, or other belief that is contrary to the facts.
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(philosophy) A conditional statement in which the conditional clause is false, as "If I had arrived on time . . .".
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Origin of counterfactual

  • counter- +‎ factual

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