[ et-ik ]

  1. 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

1950–55; extracted from phonetic; see emic

Words Nearby etic

Other definitions for -etic (2 of 2)


  1. 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. 2023

How to use etic in a sentence

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

    Kitchener's Mob | James Norman Hall