(thĕt′ĭk, thē′tĭk) also thet·i·cal (thĕt′ĭ-kəl, thē′tĭ-)
1. Beginning with, constituting, or relating to the thesis in prosody.
2. Presented dogmatically; arbitrarily prescribed.

[Greek thetikos, from thetos, placed, from tithenai, to put; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

thet′i·cal·ly adv.
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1. (Poetry) (in classical prosody) of, bearing, or relating to a metrical stress
2. positive and arbitrary; prescriptive
[C17: from Greek thetikos, from thetos laid down, from tithenai to place]
ˈthetically adv
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(ˈθɛt ɪk, ˈθi tɪk)

also thet′i•cal,

positive; dogmatic.
[1670–80; < Greek thetikós=thet(ós) placed, set (v. adj. of tithénai to put down) + -ikos -ic]
thet′i•cal•ly, adv.
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