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[nov-uh-lis-tik] /ˌnɒv əˈlɪs tɪk/
of, relating to, or characteristic of novels.
Origin of novelistic
First recorded in 1825-35; novel1 + -istic
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novelistically, adverb Unabridged
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  • This, I take it, is the novelistic imagination of which we hear so much.

    Happy House

    Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
  • It was a pen name devised by the feminine member of the novelistic firm.

    Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
  • Define the three moods of fiction,––epic, dramatic, and novelistic.

  • You know, Primrose, my gifts lie in the poetic and novelistic line.

    The Palace Beautiful L. T. Meade
  • But intuition of character was a forte with Miss Edgeworth and the grand secret of her novelistic success.

    Maria Edgeworth Helen Zimmern
British Dictionary definitions for novelistic


of or characteristic of novels, esp in style or method of treatment: his novelistic account annoyed other historians
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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