[ in-ter-lok-yuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]

  1. of the nature of, pertaining to, or occurring in conversation: interlocutory instruction.

  2. interjected into the main course of speech.

  1. Law.

    • pronounced during the course of an action, as a decision; not finally decisive of a case.

    • pertaining to an intermediate decision.

Origin of interlocutory

From the Medieval Latin word interlocūtōrius, dating back to 1580–90. See interlocutor, -tory1

Other words from interlocutory

  • in·ter·loc·u·to·ri·ly, adverb

Words Nearby interlocutory Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use interlocutory in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for interlocutory


/ (ˌɪntəˈlɒkjʊtərɪ, -trɪ) /

  1. law pronounced during the course of proceedings; provisional: an interlocutory injunction

  2. interposed, as into a conversation, narrative, etc

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of dialogue

Derived forms of interlocutory

  • interlocutorily, adverb

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