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nounSocial Sciences Anthropology
Chiefly with singular concord. The use of a generalized, non-structural, objective approach to the study or description of a particular language or culture, typically by an outsider; this as an academic discipline. Often contrasted with emics.
1950s; earliest use found in Kenneth Pike (1912–2000). From etic: see -ic.
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