apo·​dic·​tic | \ ˌa-pə-ˈdik-tik How to pronounce apodictic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly apodeictic \ ˌa-​pə-​ˈdīk-​tik How to pronounce apodeictic (audio) \

Definition of apodictic

: expressing or of the nature of necessary truth or absolute certainty

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apodictically \ ˌa-​pə-​ˈdīk-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce apodictically (audio) \ adverb

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There's something remarkable about a word which, when periodically dusted off, proves to have retained its freshness over 350 years - and that's the case with "apodictic." It's a handy word that can describe a conclusive concept, a conclusive person, or even that conclusive person's conclusive remarks. A well-known close relative of "apodictic" is "paradigm" ("an outstandingly clear or typical example"); both words are built on Greek deiknynai, meaning "to show." More distant relatives (from Latin dicere, a relative of "deiknynai" that means "to say") include "diction," "dictate," "edict," and "predict."

First Known Use of apodictic

circa 1645, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for apodictic

Latin apodicticus, from Greek apodeiktikos, from apodeiknynai to demonstrate, from apo- + deiknynai to show — more at diction

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“Apodictic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apodictic. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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