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deictic

[dahyk-tik] /ˈdaɪk tɪk/
adjective
1.
Logic. proving directly.
2.
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.
noun
3.
Grammar. a deictic element.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < Greek deiktikós demonstrative, equivalent to deikt(ós) able to be proved, verbal adjective of deiknýnai to show, prove, point + -ikos -ic
Related forms
deictically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for deictics

deictic

/ˈdaɪktɪk/
adjective
1.
(logic) proving by direct argument Compare elenctic
noun
2.
another word for indexical (sense 2)
Derived Forms
deictically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Greek deiktikos concerning proof, from deiknunai to show
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Word Origin and History for deictics

deictic

adj.

1828, from Latinized form of Greek deiktikos "able to show," from deiktos "shown," verbal adjective from deiknynai "to show" (see diction).

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