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illocutionary

adjective il·lo·cu·tion·ary \ˌi-lə-ˈkyü-shə-ˌner-ē, ˌi(l)-lō-\

Definition of ILLOCUTIONARY

:  relating to or being the communicative effect (as commanding or requesting) of an utterance <“There's a snake under you” may have the illocutionary force of a warning>

Origin of ILLOCUTIONARY

2in- + locution
First Known Use: 1955

Rhymes with ILLOCUTIONARY

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