from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or relating to an alphabet, especially the characters A to Z, both uppercase and lowercase.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, furnished with, expressed by, or in the order of, the letters of the alphabet.
  • adj. Literal.
  • adj. in alphabetical order.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to an alphabet; expressed by an alphabet; in the order of the alphabet, or in the order of the letters as customarily arranged.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. arranged in order according to the alphabet
  • adj. relating to or expressed by a writing system that uses an alphabet


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  • Consequently, according to RFC 2234, "alphabetic" corresponds to the Latin alphabet character ranges a-z and A-Z.

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  • The first kind of alphabetic numerals and also the word-system (in both of which the place value is used) are plays upon, or variations of, position arithmetic, which would be most likely to occur in the country of its origin. [

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  • As the alphabetic symbol for a rite of initiation into education in English, SAT may not be classifiable as a part of speech, but it is likely a harbinger of new kinds of speech evolving in Global English.

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