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etic

[ et-ik ]
/ ˈɛt ɪk /
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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.
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Origin of etic

1950–55; extracted from phonetic; see emic

Other definitions for etic (2 of 2)

-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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How to use etic in a sentence

  • The facetious subalterns called it "The Parapet-etic School."

    Kitchener's Mob|James Norman Hall
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