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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 thetical

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

Examples from the Web for thetical

Historical Examples of thetical

  • This book is written in the thetical form instead of the traditional form of questions and answers.

    An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism

    Joseph Stump

British Dictionary definitions for thetical


  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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