rhetorical

[ri-tawr-i-kuhl, -tor-]
adjective
1.
used for, belonging to, or concerned with mere style or effect.
2.
marked by or tending to use bombast.
3.
of, concerned with, or having the nature of rhetoric.

Origin:
1470–80; < Latin rhētoric(us) (< Greek rhētorikós) + -al1

rhetorically, adverb
rhetoricalness, noun
nonrhetorical, adjective
nonrhetorically, adverb
unrhetorical, adjective
unrhetorically, adverb


1. verbal, stylistic, oratorical.
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rhetorical (rɪˈtɒrɪkəl)
 
adj
1.  concerned with effect or style rather than content or meaning; bombastic
2.  of or relating to rhetoric or oratory
 
rhe'torically
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

rhetorical
late 15c., "eloquent," from L. rhetoricus (see rhetoric). Meaning "pertaining to rhetoric" is from 1520s. Rhetorical question is from 1843.
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Example sentences
Rhetorically, science and metaphysics are incompatible.
Their views are much closer than their fierce and rhetorically exaggerated
  campaign rivalry suggests.
Rhetorically, his speech sought to bind those wounds by binding us together.
The president was engaged in the war rhetorically but maintained an odd
  detachment from its management.
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