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[sin-tak-tik] /sɪnˈtæk tɪk/
of or relating 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.
Origin of syntactic
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 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.
British Dictionary definitions for syntactical


Also synˈtactical. relating to or determined by syntax
(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

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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