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Climactic vs Climatic


  • ‘Climactic’ (adj) means ‘constituting the culmination or resolution to a series of events’.
  • ‘Climatic’ (adj) means ‘relating to the climate’.

What’s the difference between ‘climactic’ and ‘climatic’?

With just one letter difference, it is easy to see how these two adjectives can be confused. But make no mistake: they are completely different in meaning.

  • ‘Climactic’ qualifies something as reaching its most important point, and can be used in a wide range of contexts and disciplines.
  • ‘Climatic’ relates to the climate, i.e. the weather conditions of a particular place. For this reason, it is most often used in the earth sciences (e.g. physical geography).

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How they’re used

Example sentences with ‘climactic’

  • The conflict constituted a climactic period in the country’s history.
  • The Geneva conference of 1966 was a climactic event.

Example sentences with ‘climatic’

  • This paper presents a climatic stratification of the Asian environment.
  • We demonstrate the impact of climatic variability for crop production.