- of or relating to syntax: syntactic errors in English; the syntactic rules for computer source code.
- 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.
Origin of syntactic
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Examples from the Web for syntactically
And I noticed the paragraphs on the cards were syntactically far more complicated than anything he read in books.Why Dumb Toys Make Kids Smarter
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Syntactically the most interesting point in the history of the ME.
- 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
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Word Origin and History for syntactically
1807, from Modern Latin syntacticus, from Greek syntaktikos, from syntassein (see syntax).
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