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illocutionary

[ il-uh-kyoo-shuh-ner-ee ]
/ ˌɪl əˈkyu ʃəˌnɛr i /
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adjective Philosophy, Linguistics.

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

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Origin of illocutionary

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

OTHER WORDS FROM illocutionary

il·lo·cu·tion, noun
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