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diachronic

[ dahy-uh-kron-ik ]
/ ˌdaɪ əˈkrɒn ɪk /
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adjective Linguistics.
of or relating to the changes in a linguistic system between successive points in time; historical: diachronic analysis.

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Origin of diachronic

1925–30; <French diachronique (term introduced by F. de Saussure); see dia-, chronic

OTHER WORDS FROM diachronic

di·a·chron·i·cal·ly, adverbdi·a·chron·ic·ness, noun
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How to use diachronic in a sentence

  • Now, again I repeat, there is no imaginable difference to sense between the prochronic and the diachronic development.

    Omphalos|Philip Henry Gosse
  • The two creations,—the extinct and the extant,—or rather the prochronic and the diachronic—here unite.

    Omphalos|Philip Henry Gosse

British Dictionary definitions for diachronic

diachronic
/ (ˌdaɪəˈkrɒnɪk) /

adjective
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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