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1. Logic Directly proving by argument.
2. Linguistics Of or relating to a word, the determination of whose referent is dependent on the context in which it is said or written. In the sentence I want him to come here now, the words I, here, him, and now are deictic because the determination of their referents depends on who says that sentence, and where, when, and of whom it is said.
A deictic word, such as I or there.

[Greek deiktikos, from deiktos, able to show directly, from deiknunai, to show; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]

deic′ti·cal·ly adv.


(Logic) logic proving by direct argument. Compare elenctic
1. (Linguistics) another word for indexical2
2. (Library Science & Bibliography) another word for indexical2
[C17: from Greek deiktikos concerning proof, from deiknunai to show]
ˈdeictically adv


(ˈdaɪk tɪk)

1. specifying identity or spatial or temporal location from the perspective of one or more of the participants in an act of speech or writing, as the words we, you, here, now, then, and that.
2. a deictic word or phrase.
[1820–30; < Greek deiktikós, demonstrative derivative of deikt(ós) able to be proved]
deic′ti•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.deictic - a word specifying identity or spatial or temporal location from the perspective of a speaker or hearer in the context in which the communication occurs; "words that introduce particulars of the speaker's and hearer's shared cognitive field into the message"- R.Rommetveit
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
Adj.1.deictic - relating to or characteristic of a word whose reference depends on the circumstances of its use; "deictic pronouns"


[ˈdaɪktɪk] Ndeíctico m


adj (Ling) → deiktisch
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