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[fuh-nee-mik, foh-]
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  1. of or relating to phonemes: a phonemic system.
  2. of or relating to phonemics.
  3. concerning or involving the discrimination of distinctive speech elements of a language: a phonemic contrast.
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Origin of phonemic

First recorded in 1930–35; phoneme + -ic
Related formspho·ne·mi·cal·ly, adverbnon·pho·ne·mic, adjectivenon·pho·ne·mi·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for phonemic

grammatical, lingual, dialectal, phonetic, etymological, lexical, morphological, phonemic, phonological, syntactical

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Historical Examples of phonemic

  • There are no sharp linguistic divisions within this vast region, and phonemic shifts are gradual throughout its extent.

    Shoshone-Bannock Subsistence and Society

    Robert F. Murphy

British Dictionary definitions for phonemic


adjective linguistics
  1. of or relating to the phoneme
  2. relating to or denoting speech sounds that belong to different phonemes rather than being allophonic variants of the same phonemeCompare phonetic (def. 2)
  3. of or relating to phonemics
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Derived Formsphonemically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for phonemic


1933, from phoneme + -ic. Related: Phonemics (1936); phonemically.

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