illocutionary

adjective

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

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/illocutionary. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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