or al·pha·bet·ic

[al-fuh-bet-i-kuh l or al-fuh-bet-ik]


in the order of the letters of the alphabet: alphabetical arrangement.
pertaining to, expressed by, or using an alphabet:alphabetical writing.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

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

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