illocutionary

adjective
il·​lo·​cu·​tion·​ary | \ ˌi-lə-ˈkyü-shə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce illocutionary (audio) , 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

First Known Use of illocutionary

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for illocutionary

in- entry 2 + locution

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“Illocutionary.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/illocutionary. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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