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Used to form adjectives usually from nouns ending in -esis, as in aphaeretic from aphaeresis.

[Latin -eticus, from Greek -etikos, from -etos, verbal adj. suff.]
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(ˈɛt ɪk)

of or pertaining to the raw data of a language or other area of behavior, without considering the data as functional units within a system. Compare emic.


an adjective suffix, equivalent in meaning to -ic, occurring in loanwords from Greek (eidetic), and in a few analogous Latin or English formations (splenetic; phenetic).
[< Latin -ēticus < Greek -ētikos]
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