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alphabetical

or alphabetic

[al-fuh-bet-i-kuh l or al-fuh-bet-ik] /ˌæl fəˈbɛt ɪ kəl or ˌæl fəˈbɛt ɪk/
adjective
1.
in the order of the letters of the alphabet:
alphabetical arrangement.
2.
pertaining to, expressed by, or using an alphabet:
alphabetical writing.
Origin of alphabetical
1560-1570
First recorded in 1560-70; alphabet + -ical
Related forms
alphabetically, adverb
nonalphabetic, adjective
nonalphabetical, adjective
nonalphabetically, adverb
prealphabetical, adjective
prealphabetically, adverb
unalphabetic, adjective
unalphabetical, adjective
unalphabetically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for alphabetical
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  • I will not follow the alphabetical order, but the order of events themselves.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • An alphabetical list of all persons called to the bar by the said society.

  • The division was alphabetical, and the young Barclays and Duburgs were all in the first company.

  • I should have thought myself that the difference was alphabetical enough.

    A Miscellany of Men G. K. Chesterton
  • So in his latter days he is old alphabetical Morrison, a man apart from us.

    In Our Town William Allen White
  • The only thing that alphabetical ever organised that paid was a family.

    In Our Town William Allen White
  • For convenience of reference, the names are arranged in alphabetical order.

    The White Rose of Langley Emily Sarah Holt
  • These things are not words, they are alphabetical processions.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The shorter rhymes (Nos. 1-115) are arranged in alphabetical order.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
British Dictionary definitions for alphabetical

alphabetical

/ˌælfəˈbɛtɪkəl/
adjective
1.
in the conventional order of the letters or symbols of an alphabet
2.
of, characterized by, or expressed by an alphabet
Derived Forms
alphabetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for alphabetical
adj.

1560s, from alphabet + -ical. Related: Alphabetically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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