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copacetic

[koh-puh-set-ik, -see-tik] /ˌkoʊ pəˈsɛt ɪk, -ˈsi tɪk/
adjective, Slang.
1.
fine; completely satisfactory; OK.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20, Americanism; of obscure origin; popular attributions of the word to Louisiana French, Italian, Hebrew, etc., lack supporting evidence
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  • Numerous other people also attended the exhumation, and all apparently heard that the activity was copacetic.
British Dictionary definitions for copacetic

copacetic

/ˌkəʊpəˈsɛtɪk/
adjective
1.
(US & Canadian, slang) very good; excellent; completely satisfactory
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for copacetic
adj.

1919, but it may have origins in 19c. U.S. Southern black speech. Origin unknown, suspects include Latin, Yiddish (e.g. Hebrew kol b'seder), Italian, Louisiana French (coupe-sétique), and Native American. None is considered convincing by linguists.

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Slang definitions & phrases for copacetic

copacetic

adjective

As it should be; quite satisfactory; cool, ok

[1919+ fr black; origin unknown; perhaps fr Louisiana Creole French coupe-se´tique in the same sense, semantically related to cope, attested fr about 1880; perhaps fr Hebrew kol ba seder, ''all in order,'' which may have been acquired by black customers of a Jewish merchant]


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