il·lo·cu·tion·ary adjective \ˌi-lə-ˈkyü-shə-ˌner-ē, ˌi(l)-lō-\
: 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
First Known Use: 1955
Rhymes with ILLOCUTIONARY
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