denoting speech used to express or create an atmosphere of shared feelings, goodwill, or sociability rather than to impart information: phatic communion.
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Origin of phatic
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(of speech, esp of conversational phrases) used to establish social contact and to express sociability rather than specific meaning
Word Origin for phatic
C20: from Greek phat (os) spoken + -ic
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