Definition of indexical in English:
another term for deictic.
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An indexical word or expression.
- Therefore, proper names are semantically singular referring expressions, closely allied to indexicals, demonstratives, and singular descriptions.
- The ‘this is’ form also reminds us that language itself is merely indexical, merely pointing without any privileged relation to comprehension.
early 20th century: coined in this sense by the American philosopher C. S. Peirce.
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