adjective Date: 1946 contrary to fact <
counterfactual assumptions

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  • counterfactual — adj. contrary to fact; of assertions, ideas, assumptions. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • counterfactual — [kount΄ər fak′cho͞o əl] adj. contrary to the facts of an event, situation, etc. n. a counterfactual idea, assumption, or argument …   English World dictionary

  • counterfactual — 1946, from COUNTER (Cf. counter ) + FACTUAL (Cf. factual) …   Etymology dictionary

  • counterfactual — counterfact, n. counterfactually, adv. /kown teuhr fak chooh euhl/, n. Logic. a conditional statement the first clause of which expresses something contrary to fact, as If I had known. [1945 50; COUNTER + FACTUAL] * * * …   Universalium

  • counterfactual — 1. adjective /ˌkaʊntɚˈfæktʃuəl,ˌkaʊn.tə(ɹ)ˈfæk.tʃu.əl/ Contrary to the facts; untrue. 2. noun /ˌkaʊntɚˈfæktʃuəl,ˌkaʊn.tə(ɹ)ˈfæk.tʃu.əl/ a) A claim, hypothesis, or other belief that is contrary to the facts. In recent years there has been… …   Wiktionary

  • counterfactual — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Devoid of truth: false, specious, spurious, truthless, untrue, untruthful, wrong. See TRUE …   English dictionary for students

  • counterfactual — n. statement which expresses what could or would happen under different circumstances …   English contemporary dictionary

  • counterfactual — coun·ter·factual …   English syllables

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