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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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  • We distinguish them from prepositions because they behave differently syntactically.
  • Therefore, such sub-categorization must be defined syntactically for the mature language user.
  • Subjects were visually presented with sentences that were either syntactically correct or contained violations of word-category.
  • Moreover, the teachers' referential questions elicited longer and syntactically more complex utterances from the learners.
  • syntactically, the first four of these form the group of the noun or the nominal group.
  • Although this is syntactically simple, it is not necessarily semantically impoverished.
  • syntactically, the result is the main clause, and the condition is a subordinate clause.
Word Origin and History for syntactically



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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