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Relating to or being an utterance that performs an act or creates a state of affairs by the fact of its being uttered under appropriate or conventional circumstances, as a justice of the peace uttering I now pronounce you husband and wife at a wedding ceremony, thus creating a legal union, or as one uttering I promise, thus performing the act of promising.
A performative utterance.
per·for′ma·tiv′i·ty (-tĭv′ĭ-tē) n.
a. denoting an utterance that constitutes some act, esp the act described by the verb. For example, I confess that I was there is itself a confession, and so is performative in the narrower sense, while I'd like you to meet … (effecting an introduction) is performative only in the looser sense. See also locutionary act, illocution, perlocution
b. (as noun): that sentence is a performative.
a. denoting a verb that may be used as the main verb in such an utterance
b. (as noun): "promise" is a performative.
per•for•ma•tive(pərˈfɔr mə tɪv)
1. (of an expression or statement) performing an act by the very fact of being uttered, as “I promise,” which performs the act of promising.n.
2. a performative utterance.
performative[pəˈfɔːmətɪv] N performative (verb) → (verbo m ) performativo m
n → performativer Ausdruck
adj → performativ