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[si-man-tik] /sɪˈmæn tɪk/
of, relating to, or arising from the different meanings of words or other symbols:
semantic change; semantic confusion.
of or relating to semantics.
Also, semantical.
Origin of semantic
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for semantic
  • The fantastic richness of the imagery the semantic interconnection.
  • It rapidly became clear that their differences were more than semantic.
  • It's not strictly a political question-more of a semantic one.
  • They tirelessly search the entire historical published corpus of science for any semantic meaning.
  • They'd still be wrong of course, but would be closer to having a semantic point.
  • OK, now it comes down to the dreaded semantic arguments.
  • Whether it was a leading cause or trailing result makes little difference except for semantic wrangling.
  • The determination of when a human life begins is a semantic opinion, based on culture.
  • The tone of the discussion here shows how formalization doesn't get rid of all semantic tussling.
  • My two cents, seems to me that some semantic manipulation would help the cause here.
British Dictionary definitions for semantic


of or relating to meaning or arising from distinctions between the meanings of different words or symbols
of or relating to semantics
(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 semantic

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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