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[klahy-mak-tik] /klaɪˈmæk tɪk/

pertaining to or coming to a :
the climactic scene of a play.
consisting of, involving, or causing a climax

“pertaining to a climax,” 1832, from climax, apparently on the analogy of syntax/syntactic. Related: Climactical.


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