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Word of the Day 11/18/17 Perlocutionary

Perlocutionary (adjective)
perlocutionary [pur-luh-kyoo-shuh-ner-ee]


adjective, Philosophy, Linguistics.
1. (of a speech act) producing an effect upon the listener, as in persuading, frightening, amusing, or causing the listener to act.

Compare illocutionary, locutionary.



Origin: First recorded in 1950-55; per- + locution + -ary

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