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

Word History


in- entry 2 + locution

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of illocutionary was in 1955

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Cite this Entry

“Illocutionary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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