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[ling-gwis-tik] /lɪŋˈgwɪs tɪk/
of or belonging to language:
linguistic change.
of or relating to linguistics.
Origin of linguistic
1830-40; linguist + -ic
Related forms
linguistically, adverb
nonlinguistic, adjective
pseudolinguistic, adjective
pseudolinguistically, adverb Unabridged
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  • History often plays linguistic tricks on us, especially when it comes to rapidly changing technologies.
  • Vocabulary, for instance-older people know more words and understand subtle linguistic distinctions.
  • linguistic patterns also suggest some significant intermixing.
  • Watch as he details efforts to sustain, value and revitalize linguistic diversity worldwide.
  • Until now, it was not known whether this precision in linguistic pitch transferred to musical tones.
  • Until they've crossed that linguistic threshold, the word-combination process doesn't kick in.
  • And linguistic capacities in babies are shaped by the environment they grow up in.
  • But the debate between those soft drink synonyms is a linguistic undercard in the nation's carbonated war of words.
  • linguistic communication, as communicated through cartoons.
  • The fusion of the cognitive and linguistic sciences is proceeding at an exhilarating rate.
British Dictionary definitions for linguistic


of or relating to language
of or relating to linguistics
Derived Forms
linguistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for linguistic

1856, from French linguistique (1833); see linguist + -ic. The use of linguistic to mean "of or pertaining to language or languages" is "hardly justifiable etymologically," according to OED, but "has arisen because lingual suggests irrelevant associations." Related: linguistically.

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