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[il-uh-kyoo-shuh-ner-ee] /ˌɪl əˈkyu ʃəˌnɛr i/
adjective, Philosophy, Linguistics
pertaining to a linguistic act performed by a speaker in producing an utterance, as suggesting, warning, promising, or requesting.
Origin of illocutionary
1950-55; il-1 + locution + -ary
Related forms
illocution, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
Word Origin and History for illocutionary

1955, from illocution + -ary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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