from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or being speech used to share feelings or to establish a mood of sociability rather than to communicate information or ideas.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pertaining to words used to convey any kind of social relationship e.g polite mood, rather than meaning; for example, "How are you?" is often not a literal question but is said only as a greeting. (Similarly, a response such as "Fine" is often not an accurate answer, but merely an acknowledgement of the greeting.)
From Greek phatos, spoken, from phanai, to speak; see -phasia.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek φατός (phatos, "spoken"), from φημί (phēmi, "I say") (Wiktionary)