interlocutory

[ in-ter-lok-yuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈlɒk yəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /
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adjective

of the nature of, pertaining to, or occurring in conversation: interlocutory instruction.
interjected into the main course of speech.
Law.
  1. pronounced during the course of an action, as a decision; not finally decisive of a case.
  2. pertaining to an intermediate decision.

Nearby words

  1. interlock,
  2. interlocking directorate,
  3. interlocking directorates,
  4. interlocution,
  5. interlocutor,
  6. interlope,
  7. interloper,
  8. interlude,
  9. interlunar,
  10. interlunation

Origin of interlocutory

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

Related formsin·ter·loc·u·to·ri·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for interlocutory

interlocutory

/ (ˌɪntəˈlɒkjʊtərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective

law pronounced during the course of proceedings; provisionalan interlocutory injunction
interposed, as into a conversation, narrative, etc
of, relating to, or characteristic of dialogue
Derived Formsinterlocutorily, adverb

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