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Thetic is from Greek thetikós, equivalent to thet(ós) placed, poly is from Greek polýs meaning "many" the word polythetic thus refers to "many in a place/category"

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polythetic (comparative more polythetic, superlative most polythetic)

  1. (of a class of things) Having many, but not all properties in common.
    A polythetic taxon is one where the constituent organisms share a large number of characteristics.

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