-ical Definition

ikəl, əkəl
Historical, economical.
Webster's New World
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.

Origin of -ical

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

    From Wiktionary

  • LL -icalis < -icus, -ic + -alis, -al

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

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