Related to phatically: phatic communication, phatic speech


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.
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in a phatic manner
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