of or relating to a theme.
  1. (of a word or words) of, relating to, or producing a theme or themes.
  2. (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.”

Nearby words

  1. thelytokous,
  2. thelytoky,
  3. them,
  4. them's fighting words,
  5. thema,
  6. thematic apperception test,
  7. thematization,
  8. theme,
  9. theme park,
  10. theme song

Origin of thematic

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

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British Dictionary definitions for unthematic



of, relating to, or consisting of a theme or themes
linguistics denoting a word that is the theme of a sentence
  1. denoting a vowel or other sound or sequence of sounds that occurs between the root of a word and any inflectional or derivational suffixes
  2. of or relating to the stem or root of a word


grammar a thematic vowel``-o-'' is a thematic in the combining form ``psycho-''
Derived Formsthematically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for unthematic



1690s, from Greek thematikos, from thema (see theme). Related: Thematically.

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