- An example of deictic is evidence that proves someone innocent in a court case; deictic evidence.
- An example of diectic is the word "him."
The definition of deictic is something that proves a point, or is a word whose definition is determined by how it is used in a sentence.
- Rare directly pointing out or proving
- Linguis. having the function of pointing out or specifying, and having its reference determined by its context: the words “this,” “there,” and “you” are deictic
Origin of deicticClassical Greek deiktikos from deiktos, capable of proof from deiknynai, to prove; akin to Classical Latin dicere: see diction
- Logic Directly proving by argument.
- 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.
Origin of deicticGreek deiktikos from deiktos able to show directly from deiknunai to show ; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more deictic, superlative most deictic)
- (grammar) Such a word (such as I or here)