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  1. of or belonging to language: linguistic change.
  2. of or relating to linguistics.
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Origin of linguistic

First recorded in 1830–40; linguist + -ic
Related formslin·guis·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·lin·guis·tic, adjectivepseu·do·lin·guis·tic, adjectivepseu·do·lin·guis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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  1. of or relating to language
  2. of or relating to linguistics
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Derived Formslinguistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for linguistic


1856, from French linguistique (1833); see linguist + -ic. The use of linguistic to mean "of or pertaining to language or languages" is "hardly justifiable etymologically," according to OED, but "has arisen because lingual suggests irrelevant associations." Related: linguistically.

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