indexical

adjective
in·​dex·​i·​cal | \ (ˌ)in-ˈdek-si-kəl How to pronounce indexical (audio) \

Definition of indexical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to an index
2a : varying in reference with the individual speaker the indexical words I, here, now
b : associated with or identifying an individual speaker indexical features of speech

indexical

noun

Definition of indexical (Entry 2 of 2)

: an indexical word, sign, or feature

Examples of indexical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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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First Known Use of indexical

Adjective

circa 1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Indexical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indexical. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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