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[lek-si-kuh l] /ˈlɛk sɪ kəl/
of or relating to the words or vocabulary of a language, especially as distinguished from its grammatical and syntactical aspects.
of, relating to, or of the nature of a lexicon.
Origin of lexical
1830-40; lexic(on) + -al1
Related forms
lexicality, noun
lexically, adverb Unabridged
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  • lexical chunks have entered the house of language teaching, and they're making themselves at home.
  • They are imaginative attempts at relating something heard to lexical material already known.
  • But those tasks may say more about lexical ability than true insight.
  • For lexical synesthetes, these words take on unique colors.
  • Again, that will differ for many reasons unrelated to lexical richness.
  • Any translator will make lexical errors as well as errors of tone and spirit while working on a book.
  • When people decide to believe, they depend on it every bit as much as they depend on lexical meaning.
  • Yet a favorite human sport fails to meet the new lexical guidelines.
  • Let us place ourselves ahead of the lexical power curve.
  • Bush's lexical imprecision is beside the point here.
British Dictionary definitions for lexical


of or relating to items of vocabulary in a language
of or relating to a lexicon
Derived Forms
lexicality (ˌlɛksɪˈkælɪtɪ) noun
lexically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for lexical

1833, from Greek lexikos "pertaining to words" (see lexicon) + -al (1). Related: Lexically.

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