cli·​mat·​ic | \ klī-ˈma-tik How to pronounce climatic (audio) , klə-\

Definition of climatic

1 : of or relating to climate climatic changes the climatic requirements of the crop
2 : resulting from or influenced by the climate rather than the soil — compare edaphic sense 2

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climatically \ klī-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce climatically (audio) , klə-​ \ adverb

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This climatic instability was supplemented by the appearance of a land bridge between Asia and Africa. Paul Manger, Quartz Africa, "Elephants evolved larger brains partly thanks to climate change, say scientists," 28 June 2019 The Arctic’s permafrost is thawing out seven decades before it was expected to, which may reinforce a climatic feedback loop by releasing huge amounts of trapped greenhouse gases. David Meyer, Fortune, "G20 Summit May Sideline Climate Goals to Keep Trump Happy During Trade Talks," 25 June 2019 These climatic changes, along with the raising of mountains and other geological events driven by plate tectonics, created new ecological systems that encouraged species to spread and diversify. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Plate Tectonics: The Slow Dance of Our Planet's Crust," 12 June 2019 But human beings have endured climatic changes before. Nathaniel Rich, Harper's magazine, "Ruina Mundi," 10 May 2019 Like Philipp Blom, Dartnell argues that rapidly fluctuating climatic conditions favored those of us most able to adapt, thereby stimulating the advancement of human intelligence. Nathaniel Rich, Harper's magazine, "Ruina Mundi," 10 May 2019 But compared to other singing competition shows — America's Got Talent promises $1,000,000, while The Voice gives winners $100,000 cash prize and a record contract — doesn't the prize seem a bit, well, anti-climatic? Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "T-Pain's 'Masked Singer' Winner Prize Is a Little Disappointing," 28 Feb. 2019 Then came the cruel climatic twist, just as the White House and Congress finally reached a deal. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "The government shutdown: We’ve been here before, and it lasted weeks.," 20 Jan. 2018 Those efforts help farmers in borderline areas take advantage of climatic shifts. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "A Warming Climate Brings New Crops to Frigid Zones," 25 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of climatic

1747, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for climatic

see climate

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