Climactic and Climatic

Climactic and climatic look similar, but their meanings are quite different.

Climactic

The adjective climactic derives from the noun climax. It pertains to a peak, a decisive moment, or the point of greatest tension.

Examples:
  • In the climactic scene of the movie, the aliens emerge from the capsule and start zapping the onlookers.
  • Who would have thought that the season would have ended in such a climactic way?

Climatic

The adjective climatic derives from the noun climate. It pertains to the weather.

Examples:
  • Climatic change is defined as the long-term significant change in the expected patterns of weather.
  • His assessment of the eco-climatic system over Africa is based solely on satellite data.

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