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


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

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