adjective Linguistics.
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.

1950–55; extracted from phonetic; see emic Unabridged


a suffix used in the formation of adjectives: eidetic.

< Latin -eticus, Greek -etikos, equivalent to -et-, a formative occurring in some nouns + -ikos -ic Unabridged
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suffix meaning "pertaining to," from Gk. -etikos, adj. suffix for nouns ending in -esis.

1954, coined by K.L. Pike from ending of phonetic.
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Example sentences
He is far more interested in people than in events, and his images are at once tough-minded and po- etic, savvy and soulful.
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