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Definition of "organic" []

  • Of, relating to, or derived from living organisms: organic matter. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or affecting a bodily organ: an organic disease. (adjective)
  • Of, marked by, or involving the use of fertilizers or pesticides that are strictly of animal or vegetable origin: organic vegetables; an organic farm. (adjective)
  • Raised or conducted without the use of drugs, hormones, or synthetic chemicals: organic chicken; organic cattle farming. (adjective)
  • Serving organic food: an organic restaurant. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, derived from, or characteristic of living plants and animals (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Of or relating to animal or plant constituents or products having a carbon basis (adjective)
  • Of or relating to one or more organs of an animal or plant (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or belonging to the class of chemical compounds that are formed from carbon (adjective)
  • Constitutional in the structure of something; fundamental; integral (adjective)
  • Of or characterized by the coordination of integral parts; organized (adjective)
  • Developing naturally (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the essential constitutional laws regulating the government of a state (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or grown with the use of fertilizers or pesticides deriving from animal or vegetable matter, rather than from chemicals (adjective)
  • Any substance, such as a fertilizer or pesticide, that is derived from animal or vegetable matter (noun)
  • Organic food collectively (noun)

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Use "organic" in a sentence
  • "It is clear that the main point of the question does not lie in organic matter or in organic form, but in organic _motion_, for even the specific of the organic _form_ originates only first through _organic motion of life_."
  • "He further thinks that a favorable presumption may be derived from "the analogy of the organic world," -- in other words, from the process of propagation by which the races of plants and animals are perpetuated; but the presumption thence derived, so far from being favorable, is directly opposed to his theory, since all the facts which come under our cognizance in every department of Nature serve only to establish the two great maxims of Natural History, -- that _organic life can spring only from organic life_, and that _like produces like, both in the vegetable and animal world_."
  • "For establishments, using the term organic without the paperwork to back it up can mean trouble."