phonetic

[ fuh-net-ik ]
/ fəˈnɛt ɪk /

adjective

Also pho·net·i·cal [fuh-net-i-kuhl]. /fəˈnɛt ɪ kəl/. of or relating to speech sounds, their production, or their transcription in written symbols.
corresponding to pronunciation: phonetic transcription.
agreeing with pronunciation: phonetic spelling.
concerning or involving the discrimination of nondistinctive elements of a language. In English, certain phonological features, as length and aspiration, are phonetic but not phonemic.

noun

(in Chinese writing) a written element that represents a sound and is used in combination with a radical to form a character.

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Origin of phonetic

First recorded in 1820–30; from New Latin phōnēticus, from Greek phōnētikós “vocal,” equivalent to phōnēt(ós) “to be spoken” (verbid of phōneîn “to speak”) + -ikos adjective suffix; see -ic

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH phonetic

fanatic, phonetic
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British Dictionary definitions for phonetic

phonetic
/ (fəˈnɛtɪk) /

adjective

of or relating to phonetics
denoting any perceptible distinction between one speech sound and another, irrespective of whether the sounds are phonemes or allophonesCompare phonemic (def. 2)
conforming to pronunciationphonetic spelling

Derived forms of phonetic

phonetically, adverb

Word Origin for phonetic

C19: from New Latin phōnēticus, from Greek phōnētikos, from phōnein to make sounds, speak
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Medical definitions for phonetic

phonetic
[ fə-nĕtĭk ]

adj.

Of or relating to phonetics.
Representing the sounds of speech with a set of distinct symbols, each designating a single sound.
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