Definition of Counterfactual

1. Adjective. Going counter to the facts (usually as a hypothesis).

Exact synonyms: Contrary To Fact
Similar to: Conditional
Derivative terms: Counterfactuality



Definition of Counterfactual

1. Adjective. Contrary to the facts; untrue. ¹

2. Noun. A claim, hypothesis, or other belief that is contrary to the facts. ¹

3. Noun. (philosophy) A conditional statement in which the conditional clause is false, as "If I had arrived on time . . ."."[ counterfactual]" in ''A Dictionary of Philosophical Terms and Names'' © 1997-2002 Garth Kemerling.''Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary'', 1987-1996. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Counterfactual

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Counterfactual

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counterefforts
counterelectromotive
counterespionage
counterestablishment
counterestablishments
counterevidence
counterevidences
counterexample
counterexamples
counterexploitation
counterextension
counterface
counterfaces
counterfactors
counterfactual (current term)
counterfactuality
counterfactually
counterfactuals
counterfaisance
counterfeisance
counterfeit
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counterfeiters
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counterfeitly
counterfeitness
counterfeitress
counterfeitresses

Literary usage of Counterfactual

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1. Oecd Economic Surveys: Norway 2007 by Oecd (2007)
"A1.2 confronts the counterfactual scenario to the baseline (observed) growth path. ... Economic development in Norway (actual, with oil) and counterfactual ..."

2. Dispositional Properties by David Weissman (1965)
"counterfactual CONDITIONALS Contemporary logical empiricists are unreconstructed Hu- means, and their adaptation of Hume's principles must be considered ..."

3. Genes, Behavior, and the Social Environment: Moving Beyond the Nature by Lyla M. Hernandez, Dan German Blazer (2006)
"The counterfactual is, by definition, counter to the facts and therefore not ... Since we cannot observe the counterfactual state, we select a group of ..."

4. Poverty and Policy in Post-Apartheid South Africa by Haroon Bhorat, S M Ravi Kanbur, Human Sciences Research Council (2007)
"Again, counterfactual 4 shows that if only the endowments had changed, but the parameters had stayed the same, poverty in urban areas would be roughly the ..."

5. Evaluating Economic Instruments for Environmental Policy by Stephen Smith, Hans B. Vos (1997)
"This is the problem of how to define an appropriate "counterfactual", showing what would have happened otherwise, against which the effects of the system ..."

6. African Voices on Structural Adjustment by P. Thandika Mkandawire, Charles Chukwuma Soludo (2003)
"This is a major weakness because the counterfactual is perhaps the most appealing ... However, the crux of the problem is that the counterfactual is not ..."

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