Word of the day

October 25, 2015

Performative  – relating to or denoting an utterance by means of which the speaker performs a particular act, especially the act described by the verb; performing an act by the very fact of being uttered; relating to or being an utterance that performs an act or creates a state of affairs by the fact of its being uttered under appropriate or conventional circumstances; (eg I apologise);  denoting a verb that may be used as the main verb in such an utterance.

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