graphic / graphical: what’s the difference?

Another -ic or -ical adjective question came up recently. This answer is sourced from from the member Focalist:

1. relating to visual art, especially involving drawing, engraving, or lettering.

2 giving vividly explicit detail.

3 of or in the form of a graph.

1. of or in the form of a graph.

2 relating to visual art or computer graphics.

(Note that the adverbial form of both is: graphically)

Notice that, despite the overlaps, only the “giving vividly explicit detail” and “relating to computer graphics” are not common to both.

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1 Response to graphic / graphical: what’s the difference?

  1. You could also make a case for photographical by analogy to graphical and indeed their are examples on Google for “photographical data”, but doesn’t list it.


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