in·​ter·​lo·​cu·​tion | \ ˌintə(r)lōˈkyüshən, -ləˈ- \

Definition of interlocution

1 : interchange of speech : conversation
3a obsolete : responsive reading or recital
b obsolete : a speech in reply : response
c : mode of intercommunication
4a [Late Latin interlocution-, interlocutio, from Latin] : the making of an interlocutory legal order or decree also : the order or decree
b Roman law : a constitution of the emperor in the form of an informal expression of the imperial wish

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History and Etymology for interlocution

Latin interlocution-, interlocutio, from interlocutus (past participle of interloqui to speak between, from inter- + loqui to speak) + -ion-, -io -ion

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“Interlocution.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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