[ thet-ik, thee-tik ]
See synonyms for thetic on
  1. positive; dogmatic.

Origin of thetic

1670–80; <Greek thetikós, equivalent to thet(ós) placed, set (verbid of tithénai to lay down) + -ikos-ic
  • Sometimes thet·i·cal .

Other words from thetic

  • thet·i·cal·ly, adverb

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How to use thetic in a sentence

  • thetic is the term applied to every collection of dogmatical propositions.

  • By the way—w-what a path-thetic figure I must have c-cut as the pilgrim!

    The Gadfly | E. L. Voynich

British Dictionary definitions for thetic


/ (ˈθɛtɪk) /

  1. (in classical prosody) of, bearing, or relating to a metrical stress

  2. positive and arbitrary; prescriptive

Origin of thetic

C17: from Greek thetikos, from thetos laid down, from tithenai to place

Derived forms of thetic

  • thetically, adverb

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