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[klahy-mak-tik] /klaɪˈmæk tɪk/
pertaining to or coming to a climax:
the climactic scene of a play.
Also, climactical.
Origin of climactic
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for climactic
  • Two mean white rednecks ring in the climactic cliché.
  • Calculating climactic changes is a tricky business, and temperature is by no means the whole story.
  • But they never make the climactic change, and the sagas continue.
  • At a certain point, great size becomes the reason why these species cannot adapt to a major climactic change.
  • And dams allow irrigation, which can transform the land in the area, possibly leading to local climactic impacts.
  • Four of the instruments are brand new, and one continues a mission cataloging our planet's climactic changes.
  • One who does miss it is the country's president, unwilling to forgo a climactic moment in his favorite television program.
  • Palmer escapes, whereupon he confronts a traitor in his midst in the climactic exchange of gunfire.
  • But despite plenty of smoke and fire, the big liftoff never arrives, and the climactic dance-contest sequence is a botched fizzle.
British Dictionary definitions for climactic


consisting of, involving, or causing a climax
Derived Forms
climactically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for climactic

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

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