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or al·pha·bet·ic

[al-fuh-bet-i-kuh l or al-fuh-bet-ik]
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  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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consecutive, logical, ordered, progressive, indexed

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British Dictionary definitions for alphabetical



  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 alphabetical


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

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