phone-tical

phonetic

[fuh-net-ik, foh-]
adjective
1.
Also, phonetical. of or pertaining to speech sounds, their production, or their transcription in written symbols.
2.
corresponding to pronunciation: phonetic transcription.
3.
agreeing with pronunciation: phonetic spelling.
4.
concerning or involving the discrimination of nondistinctive elements of a language. In English, certain phonological features, as length and aspiration, are phonetic but not phonemic.
noun
5.
(in Chinese writing) a written element that represents a sound and is used in combination with a radical to form a character.

Origin:
1820–30; < Neo-Latin phōnēticus < Greek phōnētikós vocal, equivalent to phōnēt(ós) to be spoken (verbid of phōneîn to speak) + -ikos -ic

phonetically, adverb
nonphonetic, adjective
nonphonetical, adjective
nonphonetically, adverb
unphonetic, adjective
unphonetical, adjective
unphonetically, adverb

fanatic, phonetic.
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phonetic (fəˈnɛtɪk)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to phonetics
2.  Compare phonemic denoting any perceptible distinction between one speech sound and another, irrespective of whether the sounds are phonemes or allophones
3.  conforming to pronunciation: phonetic spelling
 
[C19: from New Latin phōnēticus, from Greek phōnētikos, from phōnein to make sounds, speak]
 
pho'netically
 
adv

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phonetic
"representing vocal sounds," 1826, from Mod.L. phoneticus (1797), from Gk. phonetikos "vocal," from phonetos "to be spoken, utterable," verbal adj. of phonein "to speak clearly, utter," from phone "sound, voice" (see fame). Phonetics "scientific study of speech" formed in Eng. 1841.
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phonetic pho·net·ic (fə-nět'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to phonetics.

  2. Representing the sounds of speech with a set of distinct symbols, each designating a single sound.

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