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

 

counterfactual

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BrE BrE//ˌkaʊnˈfæktʃuəl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkaʊntərˈfæktʃuəl//
 
(formal)
 
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a statement that expresses what did not happen or what is not the case ‘What if’ questions involving counterfactuals are familiar in historical speculations.

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