Word Origin See more synonyms for semantic on Thesaurus.com of, relating to, or arising from the different meanings of words or other symbols: semantic change; semantic confusion. of or relating to semantics.
se·man·ti·cal. Origin of semantic 1655–65;
having meaning, equivalent to
) marked (
to show, mark +
verbal adjective suffix; akin to
-ikos -ic Related forms se·man·ti·cal·ly, adverb non·se·man·tic, adjective non·se·man·ti·cal·ly, adverb pseu·do·se·man·tic, adjective pseu·do·se·man·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for semantical 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 semantically, adverb Word Origin
C19: from Greek
sēmantikos having significance, from sēmainein to signify, from sēma a sign
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Word Origin and History for semantical semantic adj.
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").
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