Etymology
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Words related to -al

ambassadorial (adj.)

"of or belonging to an ambassador," 1759, from ambassador + -al (1).

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ambrosial (adj.)

1590s, "immortal, divine, of the quality of ambrosia;" see ambrosia + -al. The sense of "fragrant, delicious" is from 1660s. Other adjectives were ambrosiac (c. 1600); ambrosian (1630s).

analytical (adj.)

"employing analytic methods," 1520s, with -al (1) + Medieval Latin analyticus, from analyticus, from Greek analytikos "analytical," from analytos "dissolved," from analyein "unloose, release, set free," from ana "up, back, throughout" (see ana-) + lysis "a loosening," from lyein "to unfasten" (from PIE root *leu- "to loosen, divide, cut apart").

In linguistics, of languages that use particles and auxiliaries (rather than inflections) to modify meaning and show relations of words, from 1830. Analytical chemistry resolves compounds into elements. Related: Analytically.

anecdotal (adj.)

"pertaining to anecdotes, of the nature of an anecdote," 1794, from anecdote + -al (1). Related: Anecdotally. Anecdotical is attested from 1744.

antidotal (adj.)

"resembling or of the nature of an antidote," 1640s, from antidote + -al (1). Related: Antidotally.

antiphonal (adj.)

"marked by responsive singing," 1719, from antiphon + -al. Related: Antiphonally.

antipodal (adj.)

"situated on the opposite side of the globe," 1640s; see antipodes + -al (1). Also antipodean, attested from 1630s as a noun; 1650s as an adjective.

antithetical (adj.)

"of the nature of or containing a (rhetorical) antithesis," 1580s, from Greek antithetikos "setting in opposition," from antithetos "placed in opposition," from antithesis "opposition, resistance," literally "a placing against" (see antithesis) + -al (1). The general sense of "characterized by direct opposition" is attested by 1848. Related: Antithetically.

apical (adj.)

"of or belonging to an apex," 1827, from Latin apicem, from apex (see apex) + -al (1).

apocryphal (adj.)

1580s, "of doubtful authenticity," from apocrypha + -al (1). Middle English had apocrive (late 14c.) in same sense. Related: Apocryphally.

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