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a combination of -ic and -al1 , used in forming adjectives from nouns (rhetorical), providing synonyms to words ending in -ic, (poetical), and providing an adjective with additional meanings to those in the -ic, form (economical).
Origin of -ical
Middle English < Latin -icālis. See -ic, -al1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -ical


a variant of -ic economical, fanatical
Derived Forms
-ically, suffix:forming_adverbs
Word Origin
from Latin -icālis
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Word Origin and History for -ical

adjectival suffix, mostly the same as -ic but sometimes with specialized sense (e.g. historic/historical), Middle English, from Late Latin -icalis, from Latin -icus + -alis.

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