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semiotic

[see-mee-ot-ik, sem-ee, see-mahy-]
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adjective Also se·mi·ot·i·cal.
  1. of or relating to signs.
  2. of or relating to semiotics.
  3. Medicine/Medical. of or relating to symptoms; symptomatic.
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noun
  1. semiotics.
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Origin of semiotic

1615–20; (def 3) < Greek sēmeiōtikós significant, equivalent to sēmeiō-, verbid stem of sēmeioûn to interpret as a sign (derivative of Greek sēmeîon sign) + -tikos -tic; (def 4) < Greek sēmeiōtikḗ, noun use of feminine of sēmeiōtikós, adapted by John Locke (on the model of Greek logikḗ logic, etc.; see -ic) to mean “the doctrine of signs”; (defs 1, 2) based on Locke's coinage or a reanalysis of the Gk word
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British Dictionary definitions for semiotical

semiotic

semeiotic

adjective
  1. relating to signs and symbols, esp spoken or written signs
  2. relating to semiotics
  3. of, relating to, or resembling the symptoms of disease; symptomatic
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Word Origin

C17: from Greek sēmeiōtikos taking note of signs, from sēmeion a sign
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Word Origin and History for semiotical

semiotic

adj.

1620s, "of symptoms, relating to signs of diseases," from Greek semeiotikos "significant," also "observant of signs," adjective form of semeiosis "indication," from semeioun "to signal, to interpret a sign," from semeion "a sign, mark, token," from sema "sign" (see semantic). Its use in psychology dates to 1923. Related: Semiotical (1580s).

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