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semantic

[si-man-tik] /sɪˈmæn tɪk/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or arising from the different meanings of words or other symbols:
semantic change; semantic confusion.
2.
of or pertaining to semantics.
Also, semantical.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Greek sēmantikós having meaning, equivalent to sēmant(ós) marked (sēman-, base of sēmaínein to show, mark + -tos verbal adjective suffix; akin to sêma sign) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
semantically, adverb
nonsemantic, adjective
nonsemantically, adverb
pseudosemantic, adjective
pseudosemantically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for pseudosemantically

semantic

/sɪˈmæntɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to meaning or arising from distinctions between the meanings of different words or symbols
2.
of or relating to semantics
3.
(logic) concerned with the interpretation of a formal theory, as when truth tables are given as an account of the sentential connectives
Derived Forms
semantically, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Greek sēmantikos having significance, from sēmainein to signify, from sēma a sign
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Word Origin and History for pseudosemantically

semantic

adj.

1894, from French sémantique, applied by Michel Bréal (1883) to the psychology of language, from Greek semantikos "significant," from semainein "to show by sign, signify, point out, indicate by a sign," from sema "sign, mark, token; omen, portent; constellation; grave" (Doric sama), from PIE root *dheie- "to see, look" (cf. Sanskrit dhyati "he meditates").

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