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[tel-uh-fon-ik] /ˌtɛl əˈfɒn ɪk/
of, relating to, or happening by means of a telephone system.
carrying sound to a distance by artificial means.
Origin of telephonic
1825-35; tele-1 + -phone + -ic
Related forms
telephonically, adverb
nontelephonic, adjective
nontelephonically, adverb
pretelephonic, adjective Unabridged
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  • But the big increases are in the time taken by the various board committees and by telephonic meetings between formal boards.
  • To begin with, the courts see a difference between telephonic and virtual communication.
  • First the program ordered the volume on the computer's speakers turned off, to prevent the usual telephonic sounds a modem makes.
  • telephonic and telegraphic communications were severed.
  • Perhaps something truly dreadful will happen unless timely telephonic communication averts it.
  • They are so large that they almost need special telephonic communication.
  • It was a glimpse of the past for me and, by the way, a place without telephonic connection to the outside world.
Word Origin and History for telephonic

1834, in reference to a system of signaling by musical sounds, from tele- + phonic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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