Definition of counterfactual adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

counterfactual

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˌkaʊnˈfæktʃuəl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkaʊntərˈfæktʃuəl//
 
(formal)
 
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connected with what did not happen or what is not the case counterfactual questions such as ‘What if the President had not been assassinated?’ an interesting exercise in counterfactual history a counterfactual approach to historical events using ‘What if?’ questions

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