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-ic

(ik),
1. Suffix denoting of, pertaining to.
2. Chemical suffix denoting an element in a compound in one of its highest valencies. Compare: -ous (1).
3. Suffix indicating an acid.
[L. -icus, fr. G. -ikos]

-ic

1. Suffix denoting of, pertaining to.
2. Chemical suffix denoting an element in a compound in one of its highest valencies.
Compare: -ous (1)
3. Suffix indicating an acid.
[L. -icus, fr. G. -ikos]

-ic

Suffix denoting pertaining to, or characterized by, as in RHEUMATIC.
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A corpus-linguistic analysis of English -ic vs -ical adjectives.
Testing the sub-test: A collocational-overlap analysis of English -ic and -ical adjectives.
Electric/electrical and classic/classical: Variation between the suffixes -ic and -ical. English Studies 80(4).
Nobility in the history of adjectives ending in -ic and -ical. In R.
Fowler's suggestion that, for those pairs of -ic and -ical suffixes where there is no apparent difference of meaning, -ic forms are favored in American English and -ical ones in British English, is one with which I cannot agree.