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phonics

[ fon-iks or, for 2, foh-niks ]
/ ˈfɒn ɪks or, for 2, ˈfoʊ nɪks /
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noun (used with a singular verb)

a method of teaching reading and spelling based upon the phonetic interpretation of ordinary spelling.
Obsolete. phonetics.

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Origin of phonics

First recorded in 1675–85; phon- + -ics
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British Dictionary definitions for phonics

phonics
/ (ˈfɒnɪks) /

noun (functioning as singular)

an obsolete name for acoustics (def. 1)
a method of teaching people to read by training them to associate letters with their phonetic values

Derived forms of phonics

phonic, adjectivephonically, adverb
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