an·​a·​phor·​ic ˌa-nə-ˈfȯr-ik How to pronounce anaphoric (audio)
: of or relating to anaphora
an anaphoric usage
especially : being a word or phrase that takes its reference from another word or phrase and especially from a preceding word or phrase compare cataphoric
anaphorically adverb

Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anaphoric was in 1872

Dictionary Entries Near anaphoric

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“Anaphoric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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