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counterfactual, contrary to factadjective
going counter to the facts (usually as a hypothesis)
A claim, hypothesis, or other belief that is contrary to the facts.
A conditional statement in which the conditional clause is false, as "If I had arrived on time . . .".
Contrary to the facts; untrue.
Counterfactual conditionals (also subjunctive or X-marked) are conditional sentences which discuss what would have been true under different circumstances, e.g. "If Peter believed in ghosts, he would be afraid to be here." Counterfactuals are contrasted with indicatives, which are generally restricted to discussing open possibilities. Counterfactuals are characterized grammatically by their use of fake tense morphology, which some languages use in combination with other kinds of morphology including aspect and mood. Counterfactuals are one of the most studied phenomena in philosophical logic, formal semantics, and philosophy of language. They were first discussed as a problem for the material conditional analysis of conditionals, which treats them all as trivially true. Starting in the 1960s, philosophers and linguists developed the now-classic possible world approach, in which a counterfactual's truth hinges on its consequent holding at certain possible worlds where its antecedent holds. More recent formal analyses have treated them using tools such as causal models and dynamic semantics. Other research has addressed their metaphysical, psychological, and grammatical underpinnings, while applying some of the resultant insights to fields including history, marketing, and epidemiology.
The numerical value of counterfactual in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of counterfactual in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Examples of counterfactual in a Sentence
We can question our history with counterfactual queries. “What if” we had rebuffed, accepted or changed certain features in the script of our life? By reviewing the different stages of our personal story, we can find out, whether we have owned our life or just have been lived. ("Was it what life was about?")
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