Etymology
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phonetic (adj.)

1803, "representing vocal sounds," from Modern Latin phoneticus (Zoega, 1797), from Greek phōnētikos "vocal," from phōnētos "to be spoken, utterable," verbal adjective of phōnein "to speak clearly, utter," from phōnē "sound, voice," from PIE root *bha- (2) "to speak, tell, say" (see fame (n.)). Meaning "relating or pertaining to the human voice as used in speech" is by 1861. Related: Phonetical.

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Definitions of phonetic

phonetic (adj.)
of or relating to speech sounds;
phonetic transcription
Synonyms: phonic
phonetic (adj.)
of or relating to the scientific study of speech sounds;
phonetic analysis
From wordnet.princeton.edu