phatic

[fat-ik]
adjective
denoting speech used to express or create an atmosphere of shared feelings, goodwill, or sociability rather than to impart information: phatic communion.

Origin:
1923; probably < Greek phat(ós) spoken, capable of being spoken (verbid of phánai to speak; cf. prophet) + -ic; coined (in phrase phatic communion) by Bronislaw Malinowski

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phatic (ˈfætɪk)
 
adj
(of speech, esp of conversational phrases) used to establish social contact and to express sociability rather than specific meaning
 
[C20: from Greek phat(os) spoken + -ic]

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Effect of chlorinated ali- phatic hydrocarbons on excretion of protein and electrolytes by rat pancreas.
Effects of chlorinated ali- phatic hydrocarbons on excretion of protein and electrolytes by rat pancreas.
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