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[thet-ik, thee-tik]
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  1. positive; dogmatic.
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Sometimes thet·i·cal.

Origin of thetic

1670–80; < Greek thetikós, equivalent to thet(ós) placed, set (verbid of tithénai to lay down) + -ikos -ic
Related formsthet·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for thetic

recommended, arbitrary, ethical, prescriptive, magistral, thetic, thetical

Examples from the Web for thetic

Historical Examples of thetic

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

    The Critique of Pure Reason

    Immanuel Kant

British Dictionary definitions for thetic


  1. (in classical prosody) of, bearing, or relating to a metrical stress
  2. positive and arbitrary; prescriptive
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Derived Formsthetically, adverb

Word Origin for thetic

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