Definition of perlocution in English:

perlocution

noun

Philosophy Linguistics
  • 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.’

Origin

1950s: from modern Latin perlocutio(n-), from per- throughout + locutio(n-) speaking.

Pronunciation:

perlocution

/ˌpərləˈkyo͞oSHən/