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syntactic

[sin-tak-tik] /sɪnˈtæk tɪk/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to syntax.
2.
consisting of or noting morphemes that are combined in the same order as they would be if they were separate words in a corresponding construction:
The word blackberry, which consists of an adjective followed by a noun, is a syntactic compound.
Also, syntactical.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Neo-Latin syntacticus < Greek syntaktikós, equivalent to syntakt(ós) ordered, arranged together, verbid of syntássein to arrange together (syn- syn- + tag-, base of tássein to arrange + -tos adj. suffix) + -ikos -ic; see tactic
Related forms
syntactically, adverb
nonsyntactic, adjective
nonsyntactical, adjective
nonsyntactically, adverb
unsyntactic, adjective
unsyntactical, adjective
unsyntactically, adverb
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Examples from the web for syntactic
  • The fundamental syntactic relations must be unambiguously expressed.
  • In humanity's efforts to teach language to primates, researchers had been unable to see such a syntactic ability in them.
  • As a result, today's top bows typically have a core of syntactic foam.
  • Your syntactic wobbliness should be forgiven, though only up to a point.
British Dictionary definitions for syntactic

syntactic

/sɪnˈtæktɪk/
adjective
1.
Also synˈtactical. relating to or determined by syntax
2.
(logic, linguistics) describable wholly with respect to the grammatical structure of an expression or the rules of well-formedness of a formal system
Derived Forms
syntactically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for syntactic
adj.

1807, from Modern Latin syntacticus, from Greek syntaktikos, from syntassein (see syntax).

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