per·​for·​ma·​to·​ry pər-ˈfȯr-mə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce performatory (audio)
: performative
also : of or relating to performance

Word History


perform + -atory "of or connected with," from Latin -ā-, verb stem formative + -tōrius, deverbal adjective suffix originally forming derivatives from agent nouns ending in -tōr-, -tor

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of performatory was in 1949

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Cite this Entry

“Performatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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