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Meaning of etic

et•ic

Pronunciation: (et'ik), [key]
— adj. Ling.
  1. pertaining to or being the raw data of a language or other area of behavior, without considering the data as significant units functioning within a system. Cf. emic.

-etic

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a suffix used in the formation of adjectives: eidetic.
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