[ dahyk-tik ]
/ ˈdaɪk tɪk /
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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.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM deicticdeic·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for deictic
/ (ˈdaɪktɪk) /
logic proving by direct argumentCompare elenctic
another word for indexical (def. 2)
Derived forms of deicticdeictically, adverb
Word Origin for deictic
C17: from Greek deiktikos concerning proof, from deiknunai to show
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