- Logic. proving directly.
- Grammar. specifying identity or spatial or temporal location from the perspective of one or more of the participants in an act of speech or writing, in the context of either an external situation or the surrounding discourse, as we, you, here, there, now, then, this, that, the former, or the latter.
- Grammar. a deictic element.
Origin of deictic
1820–30; < Greek deiktikós demonstrative, equivalent to deikt(ós) able to be proved, verbal adjective of deiknýnai to show, prove, point + -ikos -ic
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- logic proving by direct argumentCompare elenctic
- another word for indexical (def. 2)
C17: from Greek deiktikos concerning proof, from deiknunai to show
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Word Origin and History for deictic
1828, from Latinized form of Greek deiktikos "able to show," from deiktos "shown," verbal adjective from deiknynai "to show" (see diction).
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