- the study of meaning.
- the study of linguistic development by classifying and examining changes in meaning and form.
- Also called significs. the branch of semiotics dealing with the relations between signs and what they denote.
- the meaning, or an interpretation of the meaning, of a word, sign, sentence, etc.: Let's not argue about semantics.
- general semantics.
Origin of semantics
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- the branch of linguistics that deals with the study of meaning, changes in meaning, and the principles that govern the relationship between sentences or words and their meanings
- the study of the relationships between signs and symbols and what they represent
- the study of interpretations of a formal theory
- the study of the relationship between the structure of a theory and its subject matter
- (of a formal theory) the principles that determine the truth or falsehood of sentences within the theory, and the references of its terms
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Word Origin and History for semanticist
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- The study or science of meaning in language forms.
- The study of the relationships between various signs and symbols and what they represent.
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The scientific or philosophical study of the relations of words and their meanings.
Semantics is commonly used to refer to a trivial point or distinction that revolves around mere words rather than significant issues: “To argue whether the medication killed the patient or contributed to her death is to argue over semantics.”
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