deictic

adjective
deic·​tic | \ ˈdīk-tik How to pronounce deictic (audio) also ˈdāk- \

Definition of deictic

: showing or pointing out directly the words this, that, and those have a deictic function

First Known Use of deictic

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deictic

Greek deiktikos able to show, from deiktos, verbal of deiknynai to show — more at diction

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“Deictic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deictic. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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