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Combination of -ic from French -ique, from Latin -icus, related to Ancient Greek suffix -ικός (-ikós), plus -al from Latin adjective suffix -alis, or French -el.



  1. Used to form adjectives from nouns with the meaning "of or pertaining to"; adjectival suffix appended to various words, often nouns, to make an adjective form. Often added to words of Latin origin, but used with other words also.

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Often redundant to the use of -ic alone; for example, mythic and mythical are identical in meaning. Likewise for -etic, as in phonetic and phonetical. For words that naturally end in -ic such as magic and statistic, the addition is only of -al.

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