illocutionary

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From illocution +‎ -ary.

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illocutionary (not comparable)

  1. (linguistics) Of, pertaining to, or deriving from illocution, the performance of acts by speaking.
    "I pronounce you man and wife" is a descriptive statement, but also has illocutionary force.

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