[ ki-net-ik, kahy- ]
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  1. pertaining to motion.

  2. caused by motion.

  1. characterized by movement: Running and dancing are kinetic activities.

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Origin of kinetic

1850–55; <Greek kīnētikós moving, equivalent to kīnē- (verbid stem of kīneîn to move) + -tikos-tic

Other words from kinetic

  • ki·net·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·ki·net·ic, adjective

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Other definitions for -kinetic (2 of 2)


  1. a combining form found on adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -kinesia or -kinesis: bradykinetic.

Origin of -kinetic

<Greek kīnēt(ós) (see kineto-) + -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for kinetic


/ (kɪˈnɛtɪk, kaɪ-) /

  1. relating to, characterized by, or caused by motion

Origin of kinetic

C19: from Greek kinētikos, from kinein to move

Derived forms of kinetic

  • kinetically, adverb

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