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orectic

[aw-rek-tik, oh-rek-]
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adjective Philosophy.
  1. of or relating to desire; appetitive.
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Origin of orectic

1665–75; < Greek orektikós appetitive, equivalent to orekt(ós) stretched out, longed for (derivative of orégein to grasp for, desire) + -ikos -ic
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  • Associated words: desiderative, desideratum, orectic, optative.

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    Louis A. Flemming


British Dictionary definitions for orectic

orectic

adjective
  1. of or relating to the desires
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Word Origin

C18: from Greek orektikos causing desire, from oregein to desire
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