PERFORMATIVE By N., Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 adjective. designating an utterance whose very delivery achieves the stated objective of the speaker. PERFORMATIVE: "Her performative statement left me speechless." Related Psychology Terms TENSE UNSTRUCTURED ALLIACEOUS AMBISEXUAL AMBROSIAC CRITICAL CONTRAPREPARED PHTHINOID UNRESOLVED ORGANIC Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "PERFORMATIVE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/performative/ (accessed December 7, 2019).