adjective Philosophy, Linguistics.
pertaining to a linguistic act performed by a speaker in producing an utterance, as suggesting, warning, promising, or requesting.

1950–55; il-1 + locution + -ary

illocution, noun Unabridged
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illocution (ˌɪləˈkjuːʃən)
philosophy See also performative Compare perlocution Also called: illocutionary act an act performed by a speaker by virtue of uttering certain words, as for example the acts of promising or of threatening
[C20: from il- + locution]

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Example sentences
Persuasion is central in both, but the grammatical structures and illocutionary devices available in each language vary.
To perform an illocutionary act is to use a locution with a certain force.
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