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coun·ter·fac·tu·al

 (koun′tər-făk′cho͞o-əl)
adj.
Running contrary to the facts: "Cold war historiography vividly illustrates how the selection of the counterfactual question to be asked generally anticipates the desired answer" (Timothy Garton Ash).

coun′ter·fac′tu·al n.

counterfactual

(ˌkauntəˈfæktʃʊəl) logic
adj
(Logic) expressing what has not happened but could, would, or might under differing conditions
n
(Logic) 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.
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Adj.1.counterfactual - going counter to the facts (usually as a hypothesis)
conditional - imposing or depending on or containing a condition; "conditional acceptance of the terms"; "lent conditional support"; "the conditional sale will not be complete until the full purchase price is paid"

counterfactual

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Backtracking Counterfactuals Revisited, JUSTIN KHOO
Syntactically, a counterfactual statement is a particular kind of conditional sentence, an if/then statement that, as the editors of the arts magazine Triple Canopy explain in a recent issue on literary counterfactuals, has the "the unusual effect of causing past-tense forms to read in a capacious--even paradisiacal--present tense; such a conditional is defined by the fact that a speaker presupposes the proposition given in the if clause to be false.
Through his archive, he demonstrates how literature in various forms offers related and competing counterfactuals mired in the bituminous muck of an uncertain future.
Interesting counterfactuals given this setup include increasing core tier-I capital ratios from 8% to 9%.
He then applies theories of epistemic justification, belief revision, epistemology, and formal semantics for counterfactuals to verificationism.
The emergence of clear semantics for causal claims and of a sound logic for causal reasoning is relatively recent, with the consolidation over the past decades of a coherent theoretical corpus of definitions, concepts, and methods of general applicability that is anchored into counterfactuals.
The contradiction only arises if we accept proposition 13, so the argument to show that secondary counterfactuals are in fact relevant to the truth-value of contrastive causal claims presupposes that some secondary counterfactual is implied by the contrastive causal claim under evaluation.
There was a sharp drop in actual GDP from the counterfactuals in 11Q1 and 11Q2, after which actual GDP picked up to 12Q1.
Causation leads to counterfactuals, and counterfactuals lead to fantasy and the whole domain of the imagination.
The basis of the difference between upward and downward counterfactuals relates to the person's interpretation of the situation.
Lewis (1932) or Kripke (1959), (1963), 1970), (1980) and their numerous followers (even of the counterfactuals approach like Stalnaker (1968), Lewis (1973a), Hill (2006), Kment (2006) and Williamson (2007)), and as it is usually in theology or similar domains, also have missed the general point.
Finally, the figure shows that the counterfactual LFP rate based on the fixed LFP by women (the dashed pink line) has declined more than the one based on the fixed LFP by men (the dashed yellow line), while both counterfactuals lie above the actual LFP rate.