perlocutionary

[ pur-luh-kyoo-shuh-ner-ee ]
/ ˌpɜr ləˈkyu ʃəˌnɛr i /

adjective Philosophy, Linguistics.

(of a speech act) producing an effect upon the listener, as in persuading, frightening, amusing, or causing the listener to act.

Nearby words

  1. perlite,
  2. perlitic,
  3. perlman,
  4. perlman, itzhak,
  5. perlocution,
  6. perlucidus,
  7. perlèche,
  8. perm,
  9. perma-,
  10. perma-press


Origin of perlocutionary

First recorded in 1950–55; per- + locution + -ary

Related formsper·lo·cu·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for perlocution

perlocution

/ (ˌpɜːlɒˈkjuːʃən) /

noun

philosophy the effect that someone has by uttering certain words, such as frightening a personAlso called: perlocutionary act Compare illocution
Derived Formsperlocutionary, adjective

Word Origin for perlocution

C16 (in the obsolete sense: the action of speaking): from Medieval or New Latin perlocūtiō; see per-, locution

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