per·​locutionary | \ ¦pər, ¦pə̄+ \

Definition of perlocutionary

: of or relating to an act (as of persuading, frightening, or annoying) performed by a speaker upon a listener by means of an utterance — compare illocutionary, locutionary

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Other Words from perlocutionary

perlocution \ "+ \ noun, plural -s

First Known Use of perlocutionary

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perlocutionary

per- + locutionary

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“Perlocutionary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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