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aphetic

[uh-fet-ik] /əˈfɛt ɪk/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or due to aphesis.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < Greek áphet(os) freed, discharged (aphe- (see aphesis) + -tos past participle suffix) + -ic
Related forms
aphetically, adverb
nonaphetic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for aphetic
adj.

1880, from aphesis (1880), coined by OED editor Sir James A.H. Murray (1837-1915) for "gradual and unintentional loss of a short unaccented vowel at the beginning of a word" (as squire from esquire), from Greek aphienai "to let go, to send forth," from apo- "from" (see apo-) + hienai "to send" (see jet (v.)).

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