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etic

[et-ik]
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adjective Linguistics.
  1. pertaining to or being the raw data of a language or other area of behavior, without considering the data as significant units functioning within a system.
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Origin of etic

1950–55; extracted from phonetic; see emic

-etic

  1. a suffix used in the formation of adjectives: eidetic.
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Origin of -etic

< Latin -eticus, Greek -etikos, equivalent to -et-, a formative occurring in some nouns + -ikos -ic
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Word Origin and History for etic

adj.

1954, coined by U.S. linguist K.L. Pike (1912-2000) from ending of phonetic.

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-etic

word-forming element meaning "pertaining to," from Greek -etikos, adjectival suffix for nouns ending in -esis.

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