perlocutionary

adjective

per·​locutionary
¦pər,
¦pə̄+
: 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
perlocution
"+
noun
plural -s

Word History

Etymology

per- + locutionary

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of perlocutionary was in 1962

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“Perlocutionary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perlocutionary. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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