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 (hûr′mə-no͞o′tĭk, -nyo͞o′-) also her·me·neu·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)
Interpretive; explanatory.

[Greek hermēneutikos, from hermēneutēs, interpreter, from hermēneuein, to interpret, from hermēneus, interpreter.]

her′me·neu′ti·cal·ly adv.


(ˌhɜːmɪˈnjuːtɪk) or


1. (Theology) of or relating to the interpretation of Scripture; using or relating to hermeneutics
2. interpretive
ˌhermeˈneutically adv
ˌhermeˈneutist n


(ˌhɜr məˈnu tɪk, -ˈnyu-)

also her`me•neu′ti•cal,

of or pertaining to hermeneutics; interpretative.
[1800–10; < Greek hermēneutikós of or for interpreting =hermēneú(ein) to make clear, interpret, derivative of hermēneús interpreter + -tikos -tic]


- An adjective meaning "concerned with interpretation," especially of scripture.
See also related terms for interpretation.
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Adj.1.hermeneutic - interpretive or explanatory


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Contributors from philosophy and social sciences discuss science and method: towards hermeneutic phenomenology of social science; reflexive and relational hermeneutics; practice and application: hermeneutics, social theory; and truth and life: life-philosophy and history, psychology and theology.
It introduces the missional hermeneutic project from the perspectives of five contributors.
It is a delight to see such close attention given to the music itself, pairing a sense of musically-grounded objectivity with the fluid hermeneutic approach to music that we have come to expect from Kramer.
The degree to which this description fails to ring true to the average Bible reader today is a result of the extent to which the normate hermeneutic dominates our reading.
MSG aims to fill this gap by combining fundamental hermeneutic approaches (semiotics, reception theory, reader response, theories of representation, narrative theory) with recent theories of ludic structure (game ontology) into a hermeneutic theory of game meaning, which can be used as a set of tools and concepts for game analysis and criticism.
acknowledges that the totus Christus or the christological approach (see Michael Fiedrowicz, Psalmus vox totius Christi: Studien zu Augustins "Enarrationes in Psalmos" [1997]) undoubtedly contributes to the comprehension of Augustine's hermeneutic in the Enarrationes.
This aim is as ambitious as it is pertinent because, as Hustwit notes, contemporary hermeneutic philosophy has largely abandoned all hope that a constructive, realist dispute about competing religious claims is feasible.
Can the beliefs expressed in everyday speech be revealed and explored through a hermeneutic process in which translation and interpretation is a central feature?
Against this backdrop, the present paper aspires to show how recourse to the hermeneutic dimension--as manifested in particular in Gadamer's philosophical hermeneutics--is needed to correct for these phronetic lacunae, both by elucidating the conditions needed to advance the dialogical ideal and by providing these with the requisite philosophical grounding.
The first part of the book, comprising nine essays published between 1976 and 2008 and ordered chronologically, traces the evolution of critical feminist emancipatory hermeneutic which Fiorenza champions.
The book, then, looks back in order to look forward, applying a biblical hermeneutic to the digital world.
Vishanoff's book sets out to write such a history of the emergence and development of legal hermeneutic thought.