[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. ethynodiol,
  2. ethynyl,
  3. ethynyl group,
  4. ethynylation,
  5. eti,
  6. etidronate disodium,
  7. etiolate,
  8. etiolation,
  9. etiologic,
  10. etiology

Compare emic.

Origin of etic

1950–55; extracted from phonetic; see emic


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. 2019

Word Origin and History for etic
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper