Pho*net"ic (?), a. [Gr. , fr. a sound, tone; akin to Gr. to speak: cf. F. phon'etique. See Ban a proclamation.]
Of or pertaining to the voice, or its use.
Representing sounds; as, phonetic characters; -- opposed to ideographic; as, a phonetic notation.
Phonetic spelling, spelling in phonetic characters, each representing one sound only; -- contrasted with Romanic spelling, or that by the use of the Roman alphabet.
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