Adjective "Organic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to or derived from living matter.
  1. 'Almost all, though, contain some organic element, whether it's a shard of bamboo or a wooden peg.'
  2. 'Once your patrons eat it, it will be broken up about as much as anything organic can be, and then burned up in the metabolic process and released energetically.'
  3. 'The sediment, rich in heavy metal elements and organic substances, takes in dissolved oxygen and discharges smelly waste such as methane and sulphide into the water.'
  4. 'The first step in properly decontaminating instruments, whether by hand or machine, is a cool water rinse to remove organic debris.'
  5. 'If you don't add organic matter you destroy the soil.'
  6. 'Blum has only 13 acres of maintained turf, on which he uses mostly organic fertilizers and low-toxic pesticides.'
  7. 'In terms of dating, the data are somewhat inconclusive because structured organic material (pollen and spores) are rare in most samples.'
  8. 'Small, metal objects deeply embedded in soft tissue pose a lower risk for complication than even superficially embedded organic material, such as wood.'
  9. 'Some of the material is organic in nature and is easily dealt with by microbial action.'
  10. 'Bacteria use oxygen to convert organic waste to carbon dioxide, water, and more bacteria.'
  11. 'In this process the ether is shaken with an organic solute in aqueous solution.'
  12. 'Airborne particles can be organic or inorganic in nature and can range in size from 0.001 micrometers to several hundred micrometers.'
  13. 'Carbohydrates are one of the most widely occurring types of organic compounds.'
(of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals.
  1. 'organic meat'
  2. 'The salad bars are stocked with seasonal fruits and vegetables from local farms, most of which use sustainable or organic farming methods.'
  3. 'A former president of the Soil Association, Helen has been actively involved in promoting the benefits of organic methods to the farming community.'
  4. 'Europe is taking the lead in the shift to sustainable farming practices and organic food production.'
  5. 'We eat mostly organic, healthy food.'
  6. 'The stands will offer speciality foods such as organic meats, fruit and vegetables, home baking, smoked fish, chutneys and relishes, she explained.'
  7. 'Perhaps the most obvious immediate alternative to the conventional farming treadmill is for farmers to convert their production to organic methods.'
  8. 'Just 66 additives are permitted in organic food production, and they must come from natural sources and exclude sweeteners and colourings.'
  9. 'Planning crop rotations is something that organic farmers must take seriously.'
  10. 'You don't see enough organic wines on restaurant lists, so this Catalan blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay is a real find.'
  11. 'In theory, organic methods of food production sound ideal.'
Relating to a bodily organ or organs.
  1. 'Common organic causes of her headaches had been ruled out by x-rays, MRI, and spinal tap.'
  2. 'However, studies on patients with fibromyalgia find an organic basis for symptoms in only a small proportion of people.'
  3. 'The reported patients mostly had normal lung function and did not have diagnosed organic illnesses.'
  4. 'Sexual dysfunction may be symptomatic of organic or psychiatric disease.'
  5. 'A recent study, however, showed that the use of modern technology minimised the likelihood of missing organic disease.'
Denoting or characterized by a harmonious relationship between the elements of a whole.
  1. 'Survival depended on operating as an integrated organic whole.'
  2. 'These elements include comprehensive planning for the city as an organic whole, and emphases on the circulation of goods and people, on order and security, and on hygiene and health.'
  3. 'The new methods had a major impact on urban archaeology, as the town became envisaged more as an organic whole.'
  4. 'The majority of the songs on the album blend each element into a full, organic, and integrated whole.'
  5. 'The next morning, I stumble downstairs to find the corporate machine whirring along with seamless organic synergy.'
  6. 'The film is filled to overflowing with strange and wondrous images, but they all feel organic to that world, never thrown on screen simply for their own sake.'
  7. 'Health systems need to be organic and flexible rather than rigid and mechanistic.'
  8. 'In 1968, however, the two churches officially stated that their goal is full, organic unity.'
  9. 'I took diverse or disparate elements and gave them some kind of organic unity.'
  10. 'An intelligence staff is organic to the brigade and its subordinate battalions and squadron.'
  11. 'the organic growth of community projects'
  12. 'My resolve not to drink didn't come from making a vow but arose spontaneously from within as part of the gradual and organic unfolding of my intrinsic nature.'
  13. 'Our organic growth was more than 10 per cent last year.'
  14. 'It's hard to tell if his cynicism is the result of living in the ‘English’ world or if it's part of the natural, organic process of growing up.'
  15. 'The plot doesn't force Mirabelle to choose between the two, instead electing to let them all grow into and bleed out of one-another, true to the organic nature of real relationships.'
  16. 'Have you had goals in mind throughout your career, or has your development been fairly organic?'
  17. 'His approach to the project was collaborative and organic in nature.'
  18. 'The next few years should also see organic sales growth of about 5% a year, putting double-digit earnings growth comfortably within reach.'
  19. 'The business is currently profitable on a month-by-month basis and organic growth should allow it to double its million-plus turnover annually, he adds.'
  20. 'Development is an organic process, so we inevitably added and expanded on a few features that greatly improved the product.'
  21. 'Goodwin was rattled by criticism that the £2.9bn profit was flattered by dealing revenues, pointing out that a large chunk of income growth was organic.'


A food produced by organic farming.
  1. 'Some foods have been so destroyed by corporate farming that organics are really the only option when it comes to taste.'
  2. 'The explosive growth of organics inevitably caught the attention of mainstream food corporations, whose conventional food and beverage business was growing at only about 2 percent annually.'
  3. 'For consumers, prices can be steep - mark-up tends to be higher on organics than on conventional foods.'
  4. 'At the top end of Britain's food world, which has come to associate organics and therefore ‘naturalness’ with sometimes spurious notions of purity, a professor of bacteriology telling it as it is, may not always be welcome.'
  5. 'The four-page color booklets provide information about organics, benefits and challenges to processors, the organic certification process, and labeling requirements.'
  6. '‘The market potential for organics in Georgia far exceed our goals to meet them,’ acknowledges Triplett.'
  7. 'Aurora Dairy's entry into the organic milk market last month has set off another round in the ongoing debate over the mainstreaming of organics.'
  8. '‘I'll do whatever I possibly can to get organics in Texas,’ Harry says.'
  9. 'There is a growing reactionary movement in the world of food, with a corporate and agribusiness backlash against organics.'
  10. 'There are no demonstrable health benefits to organics.'
An organic chemical compound.
  1. 'This allows photocatalytic oxidation of organics using a porous titanium dioxide membrane.'
  2. 'Althought it is a very cold body, scientists hypothesize that watery volcanos could erupt onto the surface, and could even remain liquid for long enough to convert the organic into amino acids.'


1. noting or pertaining to a class of chemical compounds that formerly comprised only those existing in or derived from plants or animals, but that now includes all other compounds of carbon.

2. characteristic of, pertaining to, or derived from living organisms: organic remains found in rocks.

3. of or relating to an organ or the organs of an animal, plant, or fungus.

4. of, relating to, or affecting living tissue: organic pathology.

5. Psychology. caused by neurochemical, n

More examples(as adjective)

"growths can be organic to paints."

"growths can be organic from flakings."

"works can be organic to narratives."

"natures can be organic in ways."

"estates can be organic from beginnings."

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Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek organikos ‘relating to an organ or instrument’.