OTHER WORDS FROM climaticcli·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbsub·cli·mat·ic, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH climaticclimactic, climatic
Words nearby climatic
CLIMATIC VS. CLIMACTIC
What’s the difference between climatic and climactic?
Climatic means relating to climate—the average atmospheric conditions that prevail in a given region over a long period of time—whether a place is generally cold and wet or hot and dry, for example. Climactic is used to describe things that involve or feel like a climax—the culmination or most intense part of a story or situation.
Climactic is used in situations in which a peak of some kind is being reached, such as a climactic ending of a movie. The word anticlimactic is used—perhaps more commonly—to mean the opposite, such as when you expect something exciting to happen but it doesn’t.
Climatic is not all that commonly used, especially because it has a much more narrow meaning. It’s typically used in scientific contexts involving climate and weather, like the climatic conditions of a region.
You can keep their spellings straight by remembering that climactic comes from climax, so it needs that c in replacement of the x before the ending -tic. Climatic, on the other hand, is basically climate plus the ending -ic (with the e having been dropped).
Here’s an example of climatic and climactic used correctly in a sentence.
Example: Many people have failed to recognize the danger of the change in climatic conditions because the change has been a relatively gradual one, rather than a dramatic, climactic spike—but that may soon change.
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How to use climatic in a sentence
The driver for the climatic shift came not from above, but from below—in Earth’s oceans.An ancient era of global warming could hint at our scorching future|Rachel Feltman|August 16, 2021|Popular-Science
That way, the team could see if spot patterns within an individual species can adapt to local climatic conditions, which would be a faster evolutionary response than between different species.Climate change may rob male dragonfly wings of their dark spots|Jake Buehler|July 14, 2021|Science News
He points out that we can’t call these climatic conditions a drought anymore, because that implies it will end.
We can’t call these climatic conditions a drought anymore, because that implies it will end.
The center identified some 20 target towns on the basis of their ability both to withstand climatic changes and to offer employment and education opportunities for newcomers.Environmental Crises Are Forcing Millions Into Cities. Can Countries Turn Climate Migrants Into an Asset?|Aryn Baker/Kampi Ya Samaki, Kenya|April 22, 2021|Time
These days in the United States Senate, even the moments of drama are totally anti-climatic.Keystone Senate Failure Is Environmental Kabuki Theater|Ben Jacobs|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As a result, reporting and public expectations suffered a dreadful, anti-climatic slump.
The rapid vacillations of climatic conditions were deadly to most forms of life.
We can even set aside global warming as a primary cause because we are seeing outbreaks that are within historic climatic ranges.Colorado Blazes Remind Us That National Policy on Fire Needs a Fix|Stephen J. Pyne|June 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I don't think he is a curmudgeon, I think he just likes challenging climatic conditions.
These differences may be the result of original difference in species or may be due to climatic and other influences of nature.Man And His Ancestor|Charles Morris
The troops also were not numerous enough, under the climatic conditions, to do all their own duty.The Life of Nelson, Vol. I (of 2)|A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
Climatic conditions alone had prevented a much greater height being attained.Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921|Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
These climatic conditions undoubtedly account to some extent for the less virile, independent character of the people.Silver Chimes in Syria|W. S. Nelson
The climatic conditions of Pliocene times show steady fall of temperature.The Principles of Stratigraphical Geology|J. E. Marr