[ ey-bahy-ot-ik, ab-ee- ]
/ ˌeɪ baɪˈɒt ɪk, ˌæb i- /
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of or characterized by the absence of life or living organisms.
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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.
Also a·bi·ot·i·cal [ey-bahy-ot-i-kuhl, ab-ee-] /ˌeɪ baɪˈɒt ɪ kəl, ˌæb i-/ .
OTHER WORDS FROM abiotica·bi·ot·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for abiotic
It doesn’t tell us anything about their ecology, how they interact with the other organisms on the planet, with the abiotic environment.Why Extraterrestrial Life May Not Seem Entirely Alien|Dan Falk|March 18, 2021|Quanta Magazine
Scientific definitions for abiotic
[ ā′bī-ŏt′ĭk ]
Not associated with or derived from living organisms. Abiotic factors in an environment include such items as sunlight, temperature, wind patterns, and precipitation. Compare biotic.
Other words from abioticabiosis noun (ā′bī-ō′sĭs)
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