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or co·pa·set·ic, co·pe·set·ic

[koh-puh-set-ik, -see-tik]
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adjective Slang.
  1. fine; completely satisfactory; OK.

Origin of copacetic

1915–20, Americanism; of obscure origin; popular attributions of the word to Louisiana French, Italian, Hebrew, etc., lack supporting evidence
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British Dictionary definitions for copacetic


copasetic, copesetic or copesettic

  1. US and Canadian slang very good; excellent; completely satisfactory

Word Origin

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for copacetic


1919, but it may have origins in 19c. U.S. Southern black speech. Origin unknown, suspects include Latin, Yiddish (e.g. Hebrew kol b'seder), Italian, Louisiana French (coupe-sétique), and Native American. None is considered convincing by linguists.

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