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semantic

[ si-man-tik ]
/ sɪˈmæn tɪk /
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adjective
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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Sometimes se·man·ti·cal [si-man-ti-kuhl] /sɪˈmæn tɪ kəl/ .

Origin of semantic

First recorded in 1655–65; from 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, adjectivepseu·do·se·man·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for semantic

semantic
/ (sɪˈmæntɪk) /

adjective
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 semantic

semantically, adverb

Word Origin for semantic

C19: from Greek sēmantikos having significance, from sēmainein to signify, from sēma a sign
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