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adjective Philosophy, Linguistics.
  1. pertaining to a linguistic act performed by a speaker in producing an utterance, as suggesting, warning, promising, or requesting.

Origin of illocutionary

First recorded in 1950–55; il-1 + locution + -ary
Related formsil·lo·cu·tion, noun
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Word Origin and History for illocutionary


1955, from illocution + -ary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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