speech act


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.

Nearby words

  1. speculum forceps,
  2. speculum metal,
  3. sped,
  4. spee,
  5. speech,
  6. speech bulb,
  7. speech clinic,
  8. speech community,
  9. speech correction,
  10. speech day

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British Dictionary definitions for speech act

speech act

noun philosophy

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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