One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Characterized by or deriving from delegation or authoritative command. rare after 17th cent.
2Of the nature of or resulting from active agency; designating a deliberate act (especially a sin or offence).
3Linguistics and Philosophy. Designating or relating to a speech act that commits the speaker to a particular action or course of action.
Linguistics and Philosophy. A commissive speech act.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Jacob (?1563–1624), semi-separatist minister. From post-classical Latin commissivus characterized by active agency, granted by commission from classical Latin commiss-, past participial stem of committere + -īvus.
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