of, constituting, or given to formulaic talk or meaningless sounds that are used merely to establish social contact rather than to communicate ideas: phatic expression
Origin of phaticfrom Classical Greek phatos, spoken ( from phanai, to speak: see phono-) + -ic
Of or relating to communication used to perform a social function rather than to convey information or ideas.
Origin of phaticFrom Greek phatos spoken from phanai to speak ; see -phasia .
(comparative more phatic, superlative most phatic)
- (linguistics) Pertaining to words used to convey any kind of social relationship e.g polite mood, rather than meaning; for example, "How are you?" is often not a literal question but is said only as a greeting. (Similarly, a response such as "Fine" is often not an accurate answer, but merely an acknowledgement of the greeting.)
From Ancient Greek Ï†Î±Ï„ÏŒÏ‚ (phatos, “spoken"), from Ï†Î·Î¼Î¯ (phÄ“mi, “I say")