- of or relating to the changes in a linguistic system between successive points in time; historical: diachronic analysis.
Origin of diachronic
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Historical Examples of diachronic
Now, again I repeat, there is no imaginable difference to sense between the prochronic and the diachronic development.
The two creations,—the extinct and the extant,—or rather the prochronic and the diachronic—here unite.
- of, relating to, or studying the development of a phenomenon through time; historicaldiachronic linguistics Compare synchronic
Word Origin for diachronic
C19: from dia- + Greek khronos time
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Word Origin and History for diachronic
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- Of or concerned with phenomena as they change through time.
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