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[an-uh-fawr-ik, -for-]
adjective Grammar.
  1. 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
Related formsan·a·phor·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of anaphoric

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

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British Dictionary definitions for anaphoric


  1. of or relating to anaphorism
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Derived Formsanaphorically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for anaphoric


1914, coined by Danish linguist Otto Jespersen (1860-1943) in the grammatical sense; see anaphora + -ic. In the sentence, "Here are some apples; take one," the one is anaphoric.

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