noun Philosophy, Linguistics.
any of the acts that may be performed by a speaker in making an utterance, as stating, asking, requesting, advising, warning, or persuading, considered in terms of the content of the message, the intention of the speaker, and the effect on the listener.
What Is Freedom of Speech?We Americans love to refer to the First Amendment and our right to “free speech.” There is abundant room for interpretation and nuance.
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British Dictionary definitions for speech act
an utterance that constitutes some act in addition to the mere act of uttering
an act or type of act capable of being so performed
See also performative
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