Meaning of “sic” in the English Dictionary

"sic" in English

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uk /sɪk/ us /sɪk/

a word written in brackets after a word that you have copied to show that you know it has been spelled or used wrongly:

The notice outside the office said "Closed on Wedensday" (sic).

(Definition of “sic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sic" in American English

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sicadverb [ not gradable ]

us /sɪk/

used in brackets after a word or phrase copied from somewhere else to show the writer knows it appears to be wrong but this is intentional or exactly as in the original:

The sign said, "Closed on Wendsday" [sic].

(Definition of “sic” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"SIC" in Business English

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SICnoun [ S ]


abbreviation for Standard Industrial Classification: a system of numbers used in the US to organize industries and business activities into groups. This system has mainly been replaced by the NAICS:

Both SIC and NAICS classify establishments by their primary type of activity.
a list of SIC codes

(Definition of “SIC” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)