anaphoric

adjective
an·​a·​phor·​ic | \ ˌa-nə-ˈfȯr-ik How to pronounce anaphoric (audio) , -ˈfär- \

Definition of anaphoric

: 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

Other Words from anaphoric

anaphorically \ ˌa-​nə-​ˈfȯr-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce anaphoric (audio) , -​ˈfär-​ \ adverb

First Known Use of anaphoric

1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Anaphoric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anaphoric. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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