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phatic

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adjective phat·ic \ˈfa-tik\

Definition of phatic

  1. :  of, relating to, or being speech used for social or emotive purposes rather than for communicating information

phat·i·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Origin of phatic

Greek phatos, verbal of phanai to speak


First Known Use: 1922

Rhymes with phatic


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