1. Traditional Logic.
of or pertaining to a word
that is part of a categorical proposition but is not a term, as all, some, is.
2. Contemporary Logic.
of or pertaining 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 )
< Late Latin syncatēgorēmat-,
stem of syncatēgorēma
part of a discourse that needs another word to become fully intelligible (see syn-
) + -ic