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anaphoric

[ an-uh-fawr-ik, -for- ]
/ ˌæn əˈfɔr ɪk, -ˈfɒr- /
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adjective Grammar.

referring back to or substituting for a preceding word or group of words: anaphoric reference.

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Origin of anaphoric

First recorded in 1910–15; anaphor(a) + -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM anaphoric

an·a·phor·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for anaphoric

  • There is also another kind of winter dial, called the Anaphoric and constructed in the following way.

British Dictionary definitions for anaphoric

anaphoric
/ (ˌænəˈfɒrɪk) /

adjective

of or relating to anaphorism

Derived forms of anaphoric

anaphorically, adverb
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