de·​loc·​u·​tive | \ dē-ˈlä-kyə-tiv How to pronounce delocutive (audio) , -kyü- \

Definition of delocutive

linguistics, of a verb
: deriving from a word or phrase used in address or response and denoting the action of uttering that word or phrase (such as Latin salūtāre "to wish well, greet" derived from salūs "well-being, health," said as a greeting; or Old English wilcumian "to greet with the salutation wilcuma")

First Known Use of delocutive

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for delocutive

borrowed from French délocutif, from dé- de- + locution locution + -if -ive

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“Delocutive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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