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semantic

[si-man-tik]
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or arising from the different meanings of words or other symbols: semantic change; semantic confusion.
  2. of or relating to semantics.
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Sometimes se·man·ti·cal.

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
Related formsse·man·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·se·man·tic, adjectivenon·se·man·ti·cal·ly, adverbpseu·do·se·man·tic, adjectivepseu·do·se·man·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • The you-me routine simply bewildered them, as we'd be at a set of semantically lucid but self-contradictory statements.

    Naudsonce

    H. Beam Piper


British Dictionary definitions for semantically

semantic

adjective
  1. of or relating to meaning or arising from distinctions between the meanings of different words or symbols
  2. of or relating to semantics
  3. logic concerned with the interpretation of a formal theory, as when truth tables are given as an account of the sentential connectives
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Derived Formssemantically, 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 semantically

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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