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 Dictionary entry overview: What does speech act mean? 

  The noun SPEECH ACT has 1 sense:

1. the use of language to perform some act

  Familiarity information: SPEECH ACT used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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The use of language to perform some act

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("speech act" is a kind of...):

act; human action; human activity (something that people do or cause to happen)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "speech act"):

congratulation; felicitation (the act of acknowledging that someone has an occasion for celebration)

objection (the speech act of objecting)

informing; making known (a speech act that conveys information)

disclosure; revealing; revelation (the speech act of making something evident)

promise (a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future)

boast; boasting; jactitation; self-praise (speaking of yourself in superlatives)

naming (the verbal act of naming)

challenge (a call to engage in a contest or fight)

explanation (the act of explaining; making something plain or intelligible)

denouncement; denunciation (a public act of denouncing)

address; speech (the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience)

rejection (the speech act of rejecting)

denial (the act of refusing to comply (as with a request))

affirmation; assertion; statement (the act of affirming or asserting or stating something)

slander (words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another)

proposal; proposition (the act of making a proposal)

bid; bidding; command; dictation (an authoritative direction or instruction to do something)

agreement (the verbal act of agreeing)

citation ((law) the act of citing (as of spoken words or written passages or legal precedents etc.))

disagreement (the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing)

offer; offering (the verbal act of offering)

asking; request (the verbal act of requesting)

reply; response (the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange)

description (the act of describing something)

resignation (the act of giving up (a claim or office or possession etc.))

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