illocutionary [il- uh- kyoo-sh uh-ner-ee] Word Origin See more synonyms for illocutionary on Thesaurus.com adjective . Philosophy, Linguistics pertaining to a linguistic act performed by a speaker in producing an utterance, as suggesting, warning, promising, or requesting. Related forms il·lo·cu·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for illocution philosophy an act performed by a speaker by virtue of uttering certain words, as for example the acts of promising or of threatening Also called: illocutionary act See also performative Compare perlocution Derived Forms illocutionary, adjective Word Origin
il- + locution
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Word Origin and History for illocution n.
1955, from assimilated form of
in- (1) "not, opposite of" + locution.
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