Deictic
Deictic Deic"tic (d[imac]k"t[i^]k), a. [Gr. deiktiko`s serving to show or point out, fr. deikny`nai to show.] 1. (Logic) Direct; proving directly; -- applied to reasoning, and opposed to {elenchtic} or refutative. [1913 Webster]

2. (Grammar) showing or pointing to directly; pertaining to deixis; -- used to designate words that specify identity, location, or time from the perspective of one of the participants in a discourse, using the surrounding context as reference; as, the words this, that, these, those, here, there, now, then, we, you, they, the former, and the latter serve a deictic function. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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