the·​mat·​ic thi-ˈma-tik How to pronounce thematic (audio)
: of, relating to, or constituting a theme
: of or relating to the stem of a word
of a vowel : being the last part of a word stem before an inflectional ending
thematically adverb

Examples of thematic in a Sentence

the thematic development in the story
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Word History


Greek thematikos, from themat-, thema theme

First Known Use

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of thematic was in 1697

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“Thematic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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