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Meaning of deictic by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /deɪˈ( j )ɪktɪk/


    deictic ( comparative more deictic, superlative most deictic )

    1. ( grammar ) Of or pertaining to deixis; to a word whose meaning is dependent on context


    deictic ( plural: deictics )

    1. ( grammar ) Such a word ( such as I or here )


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Explanation of deictic by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. relating to or characteristic of a word whose reference depends on the circumstances of its use

    2. deictic pronouns
    1. a word specifying identity or spatial or temporal location from the perspective of a speaker or hearer in the context in which the communication occurs

    Definition of deictic by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Deictic ( dīktĭk ), a. [Gr. δεικτικός serving to show or point out, fr. δεικνύναι to show.]
      1. ( Logic ) Direct; proving directly; -- applied to reasoning, and opposed to elenchtic or refutative.

      2. ( Grammar ) showing or pointing to directly; pertaining to deixis; -- used to designate words that specify identity, location, or time from the perspective of one of the participants in a discourse, using the surrounding context as reference; as, “the words this, that, these, those, here, there, now, then, we, you, they, the former, and the latter serve a deictic function”.