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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