perlocutionary [pur-luh-kyoo-shuh-ner-ee] Word Origin adjective Philosophy, Linguistics.
- (of a speech act) producing an effect upon the listener, as in persuading, frightening, amusing, or causing the listener to act.
Compare, . Origin of perlocutionary First recorded in 1950–55; + + Related formsper·lo·cu·tion, noun British Dictionary definitions for perlocution perlocution noun
- philosophy the effect that someone has by uttering certain words, such as frightening a personAlso called: perlocutionary act Compare
Derived Formsperlocutionary, adjectiveWord Origin for perlocution C16 (in the obsolete sense: the action of speaking): from Medieval or New Latin perlocūtiō; see per-, locution