alphabetical

or al·pha·bet·ic

[ al-fuh-bet-i-kuh l or al-fuh-bet-ik ]
/ ˌæl fəˈbɛt ɪ kəl or ˌæl fəˈbɛt ɪk /

adjective

in the order of the letters of the alphabet: alphabetical arrangement.
pertaining to, expressed by, or using an alphabet:alphabetical writing.

Nearby words

  1. alpha-test,
  2. alpha-tocopherol,
  3. alphabet,
  4. alphabet code,
  5. alphabet soup,
  6. alphabetize,
  7. alphanumeric,
  8. alphavirus,
  9. alpheus,
  10. alphitomancy

Origin of alphabetical

First recorded in 1560–70; alphabet + -ical

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for non-alphabetical

alphabetical

alphabetic

/ (ˌælfəˈbɛtɪkəl) /

adjective

in the conventional order of the letters or symbols of an alphabet
of, characterized by, or expressed by an alphabet
Derived Formsalphabetically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for non-alphabetical

alphabetical

adj.

1560s, from alphabet + -ical. Related: Alphabetically.

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