[ thee-mat-ik ]
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  1. of or relating to a theme.

  2. Grammar.

    • (of a word or words) of, relating to, or producing a theme or themes.

    • (of a vowel) pertaining to the theme or stem: the thematic vowel ends the stem and precedes the inflectional ending of a word form, as i in Latin audiō “I hear.”

Origin of thematic

1690–1700; <Greek thematikós, equivalent to themat- (stem of théma theme) + -ikos -ic

Other words from thematic

  • the·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·the·mat·ic, adjective
  • non·the·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·the·mat·ic, adjective
  • un·the·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby thematic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use thematic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for thematic


/ (θɪˈmætɪk) /

  1. of, relating to, or consisting of a theme or themes

  2. linguistics denoting a word that is the theme of a sentence

  1. grammar

    • denoting a vowel or other sound or sequence of sounds that occurs between the root of a word and any inflectional or derivational suffixes

    • of or relating to the stem or root of a word

  1. grammar a thematic vowel: ``-o-'' is a thematic in the combining form ``psycho-''

Derived forms of thematic

  • thematically, adverb

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