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  1. of or relating to orthography.
  2. orthogonal(def 1a).
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Sometimes or·tho·graph·i·cal.

Origin of orthographic

First recorded in 1660–70; orthograph(y) + -ic
Related formsor·tho·graph·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·or·tho·graph·ic, adjectivenon·or·tho·graph·i·cal, adjectivenon·or·tho·graph·i·cal·ly, adverbun·or·tho·graph·i·cal, adjectiveun·or·tho·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for orthographic

Historical Examples

  • The same is the case with respect to the termination -ness, and its orthographic varieties.

    Notes and Queries, Number 240, June 3, 1854


  • Eighteenth-century orthographic practice would have permitted such spellings.

    Atalantis Major

    Daniel Defoe

  • The plan of the figure is a parallel (orthographic) projection of the figure itself.

  • I have no dictionary, and I do not want one; I can select words by the sound, or by orthographic aspect.

  • Orthographic, grammatical, and rhetorical forms are entered into more exhaustively and their niceties urged.

    The School System of Norway

    David Allen Anderson

British Dictionary definitions for orthographic



  1. of or relating to spelling
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Derived Formsorthographically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for orthographic


1660s, from orthography + -ic. Related: Orthographically.

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