Grammar. specifying identity or spatial or temporal location from the perspective of one or more of the participants in an act of speech or writing, in the context of either an external situation or the surrounding discourse, as we, you, here, there, now, then, this, that, the former, or the latter.
Grammar. a deictic element.
Origin: 1820–30; < Greekdeiktikós demonstrative, equivalent to deikt(ós) able to be proved, verbal adjective of deiknýnai to show, prove, point + -ikos-ic