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  1. deixisnoun

    the function of pointing or specifying from the perspective of a participant in an act of speech or writing; aspects of a communication whose interpretation depends on knowledge of the context in which the communication occurs


  1. deixisnoun

    A reference within a sentence that relies on the context being known to interpret correctly.

    The use of pronouns relies on a deixis to correctly interpret them.

  2. Etymology: From δείξις, from δείκνυμι.


  1. deixis

    Deixis is a linguistic term that refers to words or phrases (such as 'this', 'that', 'here', 'there', 'now', 'then', etc.) that are context-dependent and whose meanings change based on the circumstances or the speaker’s and listener’s shared knowledge. These words require additional information to fully understand their reference. The term is derived from the Greek word 'deiktikos', meaning 'able to show or point out.'


  1. Deixis

    In linguistics, deixis refers to the phenomenon wherein understanding the meaning of certain words and phrases in an utterance requires contextual information. Words are deictic if their semantic meaning is fixed but their denotational meaning varies depending on time and/or place. Words or phrases that require contextual information to convey any meaning – for example, English pronouns – are deictic. Deixis is closely related to anaphora, as will be further explained below. Although this article deals primarily with deixis in spoken language, the concept can apply to written language, gestures, and communication media as well. While this article draws examples primarily from English, deixis is believed to be a feature of all natural languages. The term’s origin is Ancient Greek: δείξις deixis "display, demonstration, or reference", the meaning point of reference in contemporary linguistics having been taken over from Chrysippus.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deixis in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deixis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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    being essentially equal to something
    • A. splay
    • B. lank
    • C. tantamount
    • D. irascible

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