her·​me·​neu·​ti·​cal ˌhər-mə-ˈnü-ti-kəl How to pronounce hermeneutical (audio)
variants or hermeneutic
: of or relating to hermeneutics : interpretative
hermeneutically adverb

Word History


Greek hermēneutikos, from hermēneuein to interpret, from hermēneus interpreter

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hermeneutical was in 1678

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Cite this Entry

“Hermeneutical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hermeneutical. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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