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[sin-tag-mat-ik] /ˌsɪn tægˈmæt ɪk/
adjective, Linguistics
pertaining to a relationship among linguistic elements that occur sequentially in the chain of speech or writing, as the relationship between the sun and is shining or the and sun in the sentence The sun is shining.
Compare paradigmatic.
Origin of syntagmatic
1935-40; < Greek syntagmatikós of a syntagma, equivalent to syntagmat- stem of sýntagma syntagma + -ikos -ic
Related forms
syntagmatically, adverb Unabridged
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  • Examines the relationship between paradigmatic and syntagmatic word knowledge.
  • In general, it was found that success with paradigmatic elements was a prerequisite for success with syntagmatic units.
British Dictionary definitions for syntagmatic


of or denoting a syntagma
(linguistics) Also synˈtagmic (sɪnˈtæɡmɪk). denoting or concerning the relationship between a word and other members of a syntactic unit containing it
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Word Origin and History for syntagmatic

from French syntagmatique (de Saussure), from Greek syntagma, from syntassein, from syn (see syn-) + tassein "to arrange" (see tactics).

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