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or al·pha·bet·ic

[al-fuh-bet-i-kuh l or al-fuh-bet-ik]
  1. in the order of the letters of the alphabet: alphabetical arrangement.
  2. pertaining to, expressed by, or using an alphabet:alphabetical writing.
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Origin of alphabetical

First recorded in 1560–70; alphabet + -ical
Related formsal·pha·bet·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·al·pha·bet·ic, adjectivenon·al·pha·bet·i·cal, adjectivenon·al·pha·bet·i·cal·ly, adverbpre·al·pha·bet·i·cal, adjectivepre·al·pha·bet·i·cal·ly, adverbun·al·pha·bet·ic, adjectiveun·al·pha·bet·i·cal, adjectiveun·al·pha·bet·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for alphabetic

Historical Examples of alphabetic

  • Alphabetic links have been added to the index for ease of navigation.

    Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome


  • Alphabetic links have been added to the Index for ease of navigation.

    Russian Fairy Tales

    W. R. S. Ralston

  • In Lamentations 1-4 this is combined with an alphabetic acrostic.

  • All this is alphabetic, and we might go deeper and get lost, but there is no occasion.

    The Court of Cacus

    Alexander Leighton

  • As in the preceding chapter, alphabetic arrangement will be employed.

    The Elements of Blowpipe Analysis

    Frederick Hutton Getman

British Dictionary definitions for alphabetic



  1. in the conventional order of the letters or symbols of an alphabet
  2. of, characterized by, or expressed by an alphabet
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Derived Formsalphabetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for alphabetic



1560s, from alphabet + -ical. Related: Alphabetically.

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