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etic

[et-ik] /ˈɛt ɪk/
adjective, Linguistics
1.
pertaining to or being the raw data of a language or other area of behavior, without considering the data as significant units functioning within a system.
Compare emic.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; extracted from phonetic; see emic

-etic

1.
a suffix used in the formation of adjectives:
eidetic.
Origin
< Latin -eticus, Greek -etikos, equivalent to -et-, a formative occurring in some nouns + -ikos -ic
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  • He is far more interested in people than in events, and his images are at once tough-minded and po- etic, savvy and soulful.
Word Origin and History for etic
adj.

1954, coined by U.S. linguist K.L. Pike (1912-2000) from ending of phonetic.

-etic

word-forming element meaning "pertaining to," from Greek -etikos, adjectival suffix for nouns ending in -esis.

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ETIC

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