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climactic

[klahy-mak-tik] /klaɪˈmæk tɪk/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or coming to a climax:
the climactic scene of a play.
Also, climactical.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; from climax, perhaps on model of syntax, syntactic
Related forms
climactically, adverb
nonclimactic, adjective
nonclimactical, adjective
unclimactic, adjective
Can be confused
climactic, climatic.
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British Dictionary definitions for climactic

climactic

/klaɪˈmæktɪk/
adjective
1.
consisting of, involving, or causing a climax
Derived Forms
climactically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for climactic
adj.

"pertaining to a climax," 1832, from climax, apparently on the analogy of syntax/syntactic. Related: Climactical.

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