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adjective Philosophy, Linguistics.
  1. (of a speech act) producing an effect upon the listener, as in persuading, frightening, amusing, or causing the listener to act.

Origin of perlocutionary

First recorded in 1950–55; per- + locution + -ary
Related formsper·lo·cu·tion, noun
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