lexical

[ lek-si-kuh l ]
/ ˈlɛk sɪ kəl /

adjective

of or relating to the words or vocabulary of a language, especially as distinguished from its grammatical and syntactical aspects.
of, relating to, or of the nature of a lexicon.

Nearby words

  1. lex.,
  2. lexan,
  3. lexell,
  4. lexeme,
  5. lexica,
  6. lexical decision task,
  7. lexical insertion,
  8. lexical meaning,
  9. lexical order,
  10. lexicalize

Origin of lexical

First recorded in 1830–40; lexic(on) + -al1

Related formslex·i·cal·i·ty, nounlex·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for lexical

lexical

/ (ˈlɛksɪkəl) /

adjective

of or relating to items of vocabulary in a language
of or relating to a lexicon
Derived Formslexicality (ˌlɛksɪˈkælɪtɪ), nounlexically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for lexical

lexical

adj.

1833, from Greek lexikos "pertaining to words" (see lexicon) + -al (1). Related: Lexically.

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