An act of speaking or writing that has an action as its aim but that in itself does not effect or constitute the action, for example persuading or convincing.Compare with illocution
- ‘Meaning corresponds with illocution, while significance is best related to perlocution.’
- ‘These effects correspond to the perlocutions of utterances.’
- ‘But he moves beyond Austin and Searle's tripartite distinction between locution, illocution, and perlocution.’
1950s: from modern Latin perlocutio(n-), from per- throughout + locutio(n-) speaking.