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There's something remarkable about a word which, when periodically dusted off, proves to have retained its freshness over 350 years - and that's the case with "apodictic." It's a handy word that can describe a conclusive concept, a conclusive person, or even that conclusive person's conclusive remarks. A well-known close relative of "apodictic" is "paradigm" ("an outstandingly clear or typical example"); both words are built on Greek deiknynai, meaning "to show." More distant relatives (from Latin dicere, a relative of "deiknynai" that means "to say") include "diction," "dictate," "edict," and "predict."
Variants of apodictic
Origin and Etymology of apodictic
Latin apodicticus, from Greek apodeiktikos, from apodeiknynai to demonstrate, from apo- + deiknynai to show — more at diction
First Known Use: circa 1645
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