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pertaining to or due to .
Historical Examples

The tender of a ship or of a locomotive is the attender, and taint is aphetic for attaint, Fr.
The Romance of Words (4th ed.) Ernest Weekley

For limner we find in the 15th century lumner and luminour, which is aphetic for alluminour, or enlumineur.
The Romance of Words (4th ed.) Ernest Weekley

The name Turney, well known in Nottingham, is from the town of Tournay, or is aphetic for attorney.
The Romance of Words (4th ed.) Ernest Weekley


1880, from aphesis (1880), coined by OED editor Sir James A.H. Murray (1837-1915) for “gradual and unintentional loss of a short unaccented vowel at the beginning of a word” (as squire from esquire), from Greek aphienai “to let go, to send forth,” from apo- “from” (see apo-) + hienai “to send” (see jet (v.)).


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