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[sin-tak-tik] /sɪnˈtæk tɪk/
of or pertaining to syntax.
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.
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for syntactical
  • Loan records containing syntactical errors will not be added to the database until the appropriate correction has been made.
  • Outermost syntactical construct within which all other syntactical elements of the message are enclosed.
  • Discusses three teachers' syntactical subject matter knowledge in science.
  • The negative utterances were taken from the transcriptions and glossed according to their syntactical form.
  • To redetermine the syntactical function of the form by the superposition of suffices.
Word Origin and History for syntactical

1570s, from Modern Latin syntacticus, from syntaxis (see syntax). Related: Syntactically.



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

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