on·​tic ˈän-tik How to pronounce ontic (audio)
: of, relating to, or having real being
ontically adverb

Examples of ontic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Critics have already spoken of the ontic meaning of Clarice’s animals. Benjamin Moser, The New Yorker, 13 Feb. 2023 Further there is a class of uncertainties (ontic or aleatory uncertainties) that are fundamentally not reducible. Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 30 June 2010 Software creates us, our ontic exhaust powering the megacorporate machinery. Wired, 19 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ontic was in 1907

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Cite this Entry

“Ontic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ontic. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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