[ simp-tuh-mat-ik ]
See synonyms for symptomatic on
  1. pertaining to a symptom or symptoms.

  2. of the nature of or constituting a symptom indicative (often followed by of): a condition symptomatic of cholera;a disagreement that was symptomatic of the deterioration in their relationship.

  1. according to symptoms: a symptomatic classification of disease.

Origin of symptomatic

First recorded in 1690–1700; from Medieval Latin symptōmaticus, equivalent to Late Latin symptōmat- (stem of symptōma ) + -icus; see origin at symptom, -ic
  • Sometimes symp·to·mat·i·cal .

Other words from symptomatic

  • symp·to·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·symp·to·mat·ic, adjective
  • pre·symp·to·mat·ic, adjective
  • pseu·do·symp·to·mat·ic, adjective
  • un·symp·to·mat·ic, adjective
  • un·symp·to·mat·i·cal, adjective
  • un·symp·to·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby symptomatic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use symptomatic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for symptomatic


/ (ˌsɪmptəˈmætɪk) /

  1. (often foll by of) being a symptom; indicative: symptomatic of insanity

  2. of or relating to a symptom or symptoms

  1. according to symptoms: a symptomatic analysis of a case

Derived forms of symptomatic

  • symptomatically, adverb

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