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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)

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.

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."