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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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  • It seems to me he is basically making a semantical redefinition.
  • These differences in approach are not simply semantical: they represent different versions of what is the status quo.
  • But the fourth cornerstone--race--is mired in a biological, cultural, and semantical swamp.
  • However, the word inventory is merely a semantical term.
  • What a ridiculous semantical argument being made here.
  • In many instances, this distinction is more semantical than substantive.
British Dictionary definitions for semantical


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 semantical



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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