diacritical

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adjective di·a·crit·i·cal \ˌdī-ə-ˈkri-ti-kəl\
variants: or less commonly

diacritic

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Definition of diacritical

  1. 1 :  serving as a diacritic

  2. 2a :  distinctive the diacritical elements in culture — S. F. Nadelb :  capable of distinguishing students of superior diacritical powers

Origin and Etymology of diacritical

Greek diakritikos separative, from diakrinein to distinguish, from dia- + krinein to separate — more at certain

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