- of, relating to, or arising from the different meanings of words or other symbols: semantic change; semantic confusion.
- of or relating to semantics.
Origin of semantic
Examples from the Web for semantic
Howard Kurtz on the semantic dodge that now lets them get away with it.The New Era of Evolution Helps Pols Switch Stance on Issues from Gay Marriage to Immigration
April 3, 2013
Except for one thing: you can't do an end-run around an enumerated right with some sort of semantic game.You Can't Save Gun Control With Word Games
December 19, 2012
But is that kind of semantic argument going to persuade large numbers of swing voters to turn on Obama?The GOP's Candy Strategy
October 17, 2012
The number of people the oath will directly affect is small, and it is in many ways a rather technical and semantic matter.The Land Mine at the Peace Talks
October 14, 2010
He has no verbal knowledge about things, no semantic references.The Variable Man
Philip K. Dick
For what's the profit if I rattle on about freedom in a semantic vacuum?West Of The Sun
Because I gather now that the whole difficulty was a semantic one.Once a Greech
Evelyn E. Smith
It's really a semantic reaction test; Korzybski would have loved it.Day of the Moron
Henry Beam Piper
Note that text format (bold or italic) has semantic meaning in this volume.
- 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
Word Origin and History for semantic
1894, from French sémantique, applied by Michel Bréal (1883) to the psychology of language, from Greek semantikos "significant," from semainein "to show by sign, signify, point out, indicate by a sign," from sema "sign, mark, token; omen, portent; constellation; grave" (Doric sama), from PIE root *dheie- "to see, look" (cf. Sanskrit dhyati "he meditates").