de·​loc·​u·​tive dē-ˈlä-kyə-tiv How to pronounce delocutive (audio)
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")

Word History


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

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of delocutive was in 1967

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Cite this Entry

“Delocutive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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