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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