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  1. of or relating to climate.
  2. (of ecological phenomena) due to climate rather than to soil or topography.
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Also cli·mat·i·cal, cli·mat·al [klahy-mi-tl] /ˈklaɪ mɪ tl/.

Origin of climatic

First recorded in 1820–30; climate + -ic
Related formscli·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbsub·cli·mat·ic, adjective
Can be confusedclimactic climatic
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Examples from the Web for climatical

Historical Examples

  • But the geographical distribution of birds is rather a climatical one.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866


  • Nor can their stagnant condition be ascribed to local or climatical causes.

  • The difference in the climatical relations of Japan and Europe is very considerable.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • No one could be cool and mother and divided and necessary and climatical and of origin and beneath that mean and be a sun.

    Geography and Plays

    Gertrude Stein

Word Origin and History for climatical



1828, from climate + -ic. There is a 1650 citation for climatical in OED. Related: Climatically.

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