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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for linguistically

Contemporary Examples of linguistically

  • Ukraine and Russia have always been linguistically close but not on the best of terms.

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    Ukraine’s Fighting Words

    Igor Kossov

    May 13, 2014

  • Literature needs to be translated, not just linguistically, but chronologically.

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    Chekhov Meets Paris Hilton

    Ben Greenman

    October 19, 2010

Historical Examples of linguistically

British Dictionary definitions for linguistically


  1. of or relating to language
  2. of or relating to linguistics
Derived Formslinguistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for linguistically



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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