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Of or relating to communication used to perform a social function rather than to convey information or ideas.

[From Greek phatos, spoken, from phanai, to speak; see -phasia.]

phat′i·cal·ly adv.


(Linguistics) (of speech, esp of conversational phrases) used to establish social contact and to express sociability rather than specific meaning
[C20: from Greek phat(os) spoken + -ic]


(ˈfæt ɪk)

denoting speech used to express or create an atmosphere of shared feelings, goodwill, or sociability rather than to impart information.
[1923; probably < Greek phat(ós) spoken, capable of being spoken (verbal adj. of phánai to speak; compare prophet) + -ic]


[ˈfætɪk] ADJfático


adj (liter)phatisch
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