Coined to translate the German konstatierend, using cōnstāt-, the perfect passive participial stem of the Latin verb cōnstō (“I agree, correspond, or fit; I am certain, decided, or consistent”), suffixed with the English -ive, suggesting a hypothetical Latin etymon of the form *cōnstātīvus.
constative (not comparable)
- (linguistics) Pertaining to an utterance relaying information and likely to be regarded as true or false.
constative (plural constatives)
- (linguistics) An utterance relaying information and likely to be regarded as true or false.