Alternately -istical (adjective suffix) + -ly (adverb suffix) or -istic (adjective suffix) + -ally (adverb suffix). In either case, ultimately -ist + -ic + -al + -ly.



  1. Used to form adverbs describing action in the manner of the root adjective; use is identical irrespective of whether the root adjective ends with -istic or -istical.
    • 1916, Artemes Ward Utting, The Judge, page 377:
      “It goes without saying,” said McFee, the filled-up philosopher, funistically inclined, “that aside from baseball players and ice men, the professional prophet for profit makes more of it than any other man”.
    • 2003, Don Michael Randel, The Harvard Dictionary of Music, page 598:
      Horns, trumpets, and trombones, both soloistically and sectionally, became central to the orchestral concept... His highly subtle orchestration elevates woodwinds, more often scored soloistically than sectionally.

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