- Also pho·net·i·cal. of or relating to speech sounds, their production, or their transcription in written symbols.
- corresponding to pronunciation: phonetic transcription.
- agreeing with pronunciation: phonetic spelling.
- concerning or involving the discrimination of nondistinctive elements of a language. In English, certain phonological features, as length and aspiration, are phonetic but not phonemic.
- (in Chinese writing) a written element that represents a sound and is used in combination with a radical to form a character.
Origin of phonetic
Examples from the Web for phonetical
In some essays the writer makes extensive use of phonetical spelling.A Collection of Essays and Fugitiv Writings
- of or relating to phonetics
- denoting any perceptible distinction between one speech sound and another, irrespective of whether the sounds are phonemes or allophonesCompare phonemic (def. 2)
- conforming to pronunciationphonetic spelling
Word Origin and History for phonetical
"representing vocal sounds," 1803, from Modern Latin phoneticus (1797), from Greek phonetikos "vocal," from phonetos "to be spoken, utterable," verbal adjective of phonein "to speak clearly, utter," from phone "sound, voice" (see fame (n.)).
- Of or relating to phonetics.
- Representing the sounds of speech with a set of distinct symbols, each designating a single sound.