[ si-man-tik ]
/ sɪˈmæn tɪk /
of, relating to, or arising from the different meanings of words or other symbols: semantic change; semantic confusion.
of or relating to semantics.
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Origin of semantic
1655–65; < Greek sēmantikós having meaning, equivalent to sēmant(ós) marked (sēman-, base of sēmaínein to show, mark + -tos verbal adjective suffix; akin to sêma sign) + -ikos -ic
OTHER WORDS FROM semantic
se·man·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·se·man·tic, adjectivenon·se·man·ti·cal·ly, adverbpseu·do·se·man·tic, adjective
Words nearby semantic
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British Dictionary definitions for nonsemantic
/ (sɪˈmæntɪk) /
of or relating to meaning or arising from distinctions between the meanings of different words or symbols
of or relating to semantics
logic concerned with the interpretation of a formal theory, as when truth tables are given as an account of the sentential connectives
Derived forms of semanticsemantically, adverb
Word Origin for semantic
C19: from Greek sēmantikos having significance, from sēmainein to signify, from sēma a sign
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