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.

Origin of illocutionary

First recorded in 1950–55; il-1 + locution + -ary
Related formsil·lo·cu·tion, noun
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Word Origin and History for illocutionary
adj.

1955, from illocution + -ary.

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