1. Of, relating to, or characterized by: seismic.
2. Having a valence higher than that of a specified element in compounds or ions named with adjectives ending in -ous: sulfuric acid.
3. One relating to or characterized by: academic.
[Middle English, from Old French -ique, from Latin -icus and from Greek -ikos.]
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