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syntactic

[sin-tak-tik] /sɪnˈtæk tɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating 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; < New 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 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.
British Dictionary definitions for syntactical

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 syntactical
adj.

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

syntactic

adj.

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

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