phatic


phat·ic

adjective \ˈfa-tik\

Definition of PHATIC

:  of, relating to, or being speech used for social or emotive purposes rather than for communicating information
phat·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of PHATIC

Greek phatos, verbal of phanai to speak
First Known Use: 1922

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