illocutionary

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adjective il·lo·cu·tion·ary \ ˌi-lə-ˈkyü-shə-ˌner-ē , ˌi(l)-lō- \

Definition of illocutionary

:relating to or being the communicative effect (such as commanding or requesting) of an utterance
  • "There's a snake under you" may have the illocutionary force of a warning

Origin and Etymology of illocutionary

2in- + locution


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