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[ling-gwis-tik] /lɪŋˈgwɪs tɪk/
adjective
1.
of or belonging to language:
linguistic change.
2.
of or pertaining to linguistics.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; linguist + -ic
Related forms
linguistically, adverb
nonlinguistic, adjective
pseudolinguistic, adjective
pseudolinguistically, adverb
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Examples for linguistic
  • 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

linguistic

/lɪŋˈɡwɪstɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to language
2.
of or relating to linguistics
Derived Forms
linguistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for linguistic
adj.

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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