follow Dictionary.com

What is the X in X-mas?

syncategorematic

[sin-kat-i-gawr-uh-mat-ik, -gor-] /sɪnˌkæt ɪˌgɔr əˈmæt ɪk, -ˌgɒr-/
adjective
1.
Traditional Logic. of or relating to a word that is part of a categorical proposition but is not a term, as all, some, is.
2.
Contemporary Logic. of or relating to a word or symbol that has no independent meaning and acquires meaning only in the context of other words or symbols, as the symbol (or the word of.
Compare term (def 9).
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < Late Latin syncatēgorēmat-, stem of syncatēgorēma part of a discourse that needs another word to become fully intelligible (see syn-, categorematic) + -ic
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for syncategorematic

syncategorematic

/sɪnˌkætəˌɡɔːrəˈmætɪk/
adjective
1.
(philosophy) applying to expressions that are not in any of Aristotle's categories, but form meaningful expressions together with them, such as conjunctions and adverbs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for syncategorematic

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for syncategorematic

0
30
Scrabble Words With Friends