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noun Grammar.
  1. the operation or function of deictic elements.
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Origin of deixis

1945–50; < Greek deîxis literally, proof, display, equivalent to deik(nýnai) to show, prove, point + -sis -sis
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British Dictionary definitions for deixis


  1. grammar the use or reference of a deictic word
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Word Origin for deixis

C20: from Greek, from deiknunai to show
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Word Origin and History for deixis


1949, from Greek deixis "reference." Related: Deictic.

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