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.
Origin of etic
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
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1954, coined by U.S. linguist K.L. Pike (1912-2000) from ending of phonetic.
word-forming element meaning "pertaining to," from Greek -etikos, adjectival suffix for nouns ending in -esis.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper