Definition of deontic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//diˈɒntɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//diˈɑːntɪk//
(linguistics) Linguistic devices
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(of a word or sentence) expressing duty See related entries: Linguistic devices Word Origin mid 20th cent.: from Greek deont- ‘being right’ (from dei ‘it is right’) + -ic.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: deontic