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.
Other definitions for -etic (2 of 2)
a suffix used in the formation of adjectives: eidetic.
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How to use etic in a sentence
The facetious subalterns called it "The Parapet-etic School."Kitchener's Mob | James Norman Hall