Definition of speech act in English:

speech act

Syllabification: speech act

noun

Linguistics & Philosophy
An utterance considered as an action, particularly with regard to its intention, purpose, or effect.
More example sentences
  • Any speech act can be performed unconditionally, or conditionally upon something else.
  • Here, the narration itself is a speech act which we may call ‘confession.’
  • The sense of the pledge as debt implied by both translations suggests that the vow or promise is predicated on a loss already inscribed in the speech act.

Definition of speech act in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day abjure
Pronunciation: əbˈdʒʊə
verb
solemnly renounce (a belief, cause, or claim)