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1. Marking a distinction; distinguishing.
2. Able to discriminate or distinguish: a mind of great diacritical power.
3. Serving as a diacritic.

di′a·crit′i·cal·ly adv.


1. (Phonetics & Phonology) of or relating to a diacritic
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) showing up a distinction
ˌdiaˈcritically adv


(ˌdaɪ əˈkrɪt ɪ kəl)

1. serving to distinguish; distinctive.
2. capable of distinguishing.
3. serving as a diacritic.
di`a•crit′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.diacritical - capable of distinguishing; "students having superior diacritic powers"; "the diacritic elements in culture"- S.F.Nadel
discriminating - showing or indicating careful judgment and discernment especially in matters of taste; "the discriminating eye of the connoisseur"


[ˌdaɪəˈkrɪtɪkəl] ADJdiacrítico


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Aguilar Cruz gave me a typewriter that not only had complete diacritical marks and the 'c'; its keys were arranged differently.
Our linguistic confusions are compounded by the fact that Urdu is very carefree with its pronunciation and use of diacritical signs.
The first table lists names of places in Vietnam as they were written by the colonial authorities (who, regrettably, omitted diacritical marks and accents), and provides their equivalent in quoc ngu (Vietnamese).
21 provides lots of practice reacting to diacritical markings and features some challenging harmonies.
By chance, I myself slept on one such cot one night at Mirza Abdul Wudood's, a healthy person can well become a noon ghunna(a diacritical noon)as soon as he lies down on it."
The title refers to the (unwritten but understood) diacritical marks that police a text's grammar and gender.
He said that many of the letters share a common base form but they differ by diacritical marks placed either above or below them.
In a masked priming experiment, with a prime duration of 50 ms., they found an orthographic priming effect which was independent of whether the letter changed in its form or in the number and position of its diacritical marks with respect to the target.
More attention should also have been paid to copyediting the volume, which shows too many errors and inconsistencies in the transliteration of Arabic (in the treatment of initial hamza and of ta' marbuta, in the transliteration of letters bearing a shadda, in the use of diacritical marks, in the treatment of "ibn" between two proper names, etc.).
Abualnaja said that the diacritical marks have different geometrical shapes from the letters' shapes, and the geometrical shapes are written in small forms above the letters, in contrast to braille, and the marks are written as new letters.
The inconsistencies in author names can also be caused by omitting diacritical marks, omitting a hyphen in double-barrelled surnames, permutation of letters, omission of the middle letter, changing the surname, or by adding a surname (Tables 1 and 2) [7-9].
This refers to the placement of diacritical marks on the words and how certain words are pronounced.