Definition of perlocution noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌpɜːləˈkjuːʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpɜːrləˈkjuːʃn//
[uncountable, countable] (linguistics)
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an act of speaking or writing which has an action as its aim, but which does not itself perform that action, for example persuading or convincing Word Origin1950s: from modern Latin perlocutio(n-), from per- ‘throughout’ + locutio(n-) ‘speaking’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: perlocution