Definition of perlocution in English:

perlocution

noun

Philosophy Linguistics
  • An act of speaking or writing which has an action as its aim but which in itself does not effect or constitute the action, for example persuading or convincing.

    Compare with illocution
    • ‘But he moves beyond Austin and Searle's tripartite distinction between locution, illocution, and perlocution.’
    • ‘Meaning corresponds with illocution, while significance is best related to perlocution.’
    • ‘These effects correspond to the perlocutions of utterances.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

perlocution

/ˌpərləˈkyo͞oSHən/