Of or relating to features or items analyzed without considering their role as a structural unit in a system, as in behavioral science or linguistics.
Origin of eticFrom (phon)etic.
Used to form adjectives usually from nouns ending in -esis, as in aphaeretic from aphaeresis.
Origin of -eticLatin -eticus, from Greek -etikos, from -etos, verbal adj. suff.
(comparative more etic, superlative most etic)
- (social sciences) Of or pertaining to analysis of a culture from a perspective situated outside all cultures.
- 1962, Kenneth Lee Pike, With Heart and Mind: A Personal Synthesis of Scholarship and Devotion"Ž, page 37
- I have coined the term etic to refer to the detached observer's view [...]
- Used to form adjectives, meaning "pertaining to", derived from nouns, most of which end in -esis
- Most English words ending in "-etic" are derived from words formed in other languages, including French (Old, Middle, and Modern), Italian, Latin, and Classical Greek.
Ultimately from Ancient Greek -Î·Ï„Î¹ÎºÎ¿Ï‚ (-etikos)