apodictic

adjective apo·dic·tic \ ˌa-pə-ˈdik-tik \
variants: or less commonly apodeictic play \-ˈdīk-tik\

Definition of apodictic

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

apodictically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Did You Know?

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."

Origin and Etymology of apodictic

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


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