illocutionary

[il-uh-kyoo-shuh-ner-ee]

adjective Philosophy, Linguistics.

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

Nearby words

  1. illiterate,
  2. illiterati,
  3. illitic,
  4. illness,
  5. illocution,
  6. illogic,
  7. illogical,
  8. illogicality,
  9. illth,
  10. illude


Origin of illocutionary

First recorded in 1950–55; il-1 + locution + -ary

Related formsil·lo·cu·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for illocution

illocution

noun

philosophy an act performed by a speaker by virtue of uttering certain words, as for example the acts of promising or of threateningAlso called: illocutionary act See also performative Compare perlocution
Derived Formsillocutionary, adjective

Word Origin for illocution

C20: from il- + locution

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Word Origin and History for illocution
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