a combination of -ic and -al1, used in forming adjectives from nouns (rhetorical), providing synonyms to words ending in -ic (poetical), and providing an adjective with additional meanings to those in the -ic form (economical).
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Origin of -ical
Middle English <Latin -icālis.
Words nearby -ical
, I came, I saw, I conquered
, I cannot tell a lie
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How to use -ical in a sentence
British Dictionary definitions for -ical
suffix forming adjectives
a variant of -ic economical; fanatical
Derived forms of -ical-ically, suffix forming adverbs
Word Origin for -ical
from Latin -icālis
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