[ et-ik ]
/ ˈɛt ɪk /

adjective Linguistics.

pertaining to or being the raw data of a language or other area of behavior, without considering the data as significant units functioning within a system.
Compare emic.

Origin of etic

1950–55; extracted from phonetic; see emic

Definition for etic (2 of 2)


a suffix used in the formation of adjectives: eidetic.

Origin of -etic

< Latin -eticus, Greek -etikos, equivalent to -et-, a formative occurring in some nouns + -ikos -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020