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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.
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 is too semantically capricious, too dependent on intonation.
  • My original wording is an attempt to describe why that wording fails, why it is semantically bungled.
  • Participants then evaluated semantically related but new sentences and reported whether they were old or new.
  • semantically, they generally refer to easily individuated objects.
  • semantically, adjectives provide more information about them.
British Dictionary definitions for semantically


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 semantically



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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