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alphabetical

[al-fuh-bet-i-kuh l] /ˌæl fəˈbɛt ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
in the order of the letters of the alphabet:
alphabetical arrangement.
2.
pertaining to, expressed by, or using an alphabet:
alphabetical writing.
Also, alphabetic.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; alphabet + -ical
Related forms
alphabetically, adverb
nonalphabetic, adjective
nonalphabetical, adjective
nonalphabetically, adverb
prealphabetical, adjective
prealphabetically, adverb
unalphabetic, adjective
unalphabetical, adjective
unalphabetically, adverb
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Examples from the web for alphabetical
  • Each chapter is introduced by a map and a geographical profile, followed by the parks in alphabetical order.
  • It lists them according to the intensity of the electronic relationship rather than in alphabetical order.
  • The letters line up on the right-hand side of the screen in alphabetical order, top to bottom.
  • After fumbling along the boggy paths of alphabetical order to find the word, children face yet another mire.
  • The app lists the theorems in alphabetical order, or you can search for particular ones.
  • The full list follows the gallery, which shows the cities in alphabetical order.
  • We lined up in alphabetical order by our last names.
  • They are in alphabetical order and are seniors unless noted.
  • Entertainment companies are listed in alphabetical order, with no description.
  • Some sixty short texts are laid out according to the alphabetical order of their headings.
British Dictionary definitions for alphabetical

alphabetical

/ˌælfəˈbɛtɪkəl/
adjective
1.
in the conventional order of the letters or symbols of an alphabet
2.
of, characterized by, or expressed by an alphabet
Derived Forms
alphabetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for alphabetical
adj.

1560s, from alphabet + -ical. Related: Alphabetically.

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