al·​pha·​bet·​ic | \ ˌal-fə-ˈbe-tik How to pronounce alphabetic (audio) \
variants: or alphabetical \ ˌal-​fə-​ˈbe-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce alphabetical (audio) \

Definition of alphabetic

1 usually alphabetical : arranged in the order of the letters of the alphabet
2 : of, relating to, or employing an alphabet

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Other Words from alphabetic

alphabetically \ ˌal-​fə-​ˈbe-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce alphabetically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of alphabetic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The International Astronomical Union has an alphabetic list of existing names, as well as a searchable database. Marcia Dunn, The Know, "Scientists just discovered 20 new moons around Saturn and they want your help naming them," 8 Oct. 2019 And no, they're never named after a particular person or in a particular alphabetic sequence. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Here's how storms and hurricanes get their memorable names," 13 July 2019 They are also not permitted to name their children after an obscene word, use non-alphabetic characters or special characters in other languages such as letters with accents. Dallas News, "Can you add your partner’s last name and keep your maiden name in Texas? Curious Texas investigates," 3 July 2019 Patients who benefited from Bristol-Myers’s drugs had a TMB score of at least 10, meaning that in a sample of 1 million base pairs — the alphabetic building blocks of DNA — at least 10 are mutated. Damian Garde, STAT, "Merck extends its lead in immuno-oncology with ‘practice-changing’ lung cancer data," 16 Apr. 2018 Alabama - likely bolstered by its first-in-the-country alphabetic spot - was ranked ahead of Arizona, Georgia and Virginia. Leada Gore,, "The state people forget when listing all 50 (Good news, Alabama)," 22 Mar. 2018 Whether by virtue of alphabetic order, seniority or a simple twist of fate, Gen. Hays received her rank first, just a few minutes earlier than Hoisington. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Anna Mae Hays, nurse who became U.S. military’s first female general, dies at 97," 8 Jan. 2018 In fact, the order that the countries marched in was alphabetic – but following the Korean alphabet known as Hangeul, as opposed to the English alphabet. Kate Samuelson, Time, "This Is the Order That Countries Marched in at the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony," 11 Feb. 2018 So what if the alphabetic language is incorporating pictorial elements? Crispin Sartwell, WSJ, "Texting and Twitter Make This a Golden Age for the Written Word," 22 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of alphabetic

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Alphabetic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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