from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Logic Directly proving by argument.
- adj. 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.
- n. A deictic word, such as I or there.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to deixis; to a word whose meaning is dependent on context
- n. Such a word (such as I or here)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Direct; proving directly; -- applied to reasoning, and opposed to
- adj. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In logic, direct: applied to reasoning which proves directly, and opposed to elenchic, which proves indirectly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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
- adj. relating to or characteristic of a word whose reference depends on the circumstances of its use
Greek deiktikos, from deiktos, able to show directly, from deiknunai, to show; see deik- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)