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[hur-muh-noo-tik, -nyoo-] /ˌhɜr məˈnu tɪk, -ˈnyu-/

of or relating to ; interpretative; explanatory.
of or relating to the interpretation of Scripture; using or relating to hermeneutics

“interpretive,” 1670s, from Greek hermeneutikos “interpreting,” from hermeneutes “interpreter,” from hermeneuein “to interpret,” of unknown origin (formerly considered ultimately a derivative of Hermes, as the tutelary divinity of speech, writing, and eloquence).


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