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in·​dex·​i·​cal (ˌ)in-ˈdek-si-kəl How to pronounce indexical (audio)
: of or relating to an index
: varying in reference with the individual speaker
the indexical words I, here, now
: associated with or identifying an individual speaker
indexical features of speech


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: an indexical word, sign, or feature

Examples of indexical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
So these glimpses of color are both metaphors for things in life and small indexical signs of how Scully creates those illusions. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 27 May 2022 In both documentary and video journalism, the indexical power of cameras can be harnessed as weapons for truth and shine a light in the darkest of places. Sara Merican, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of indexical was circa 1828

Dictionary Entries Near indexical

Cite this Entry

“Indexical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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