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[sin-kat-i-gawr-uh-mat-ik, -gor-]
  1. Traditional Logic. of or relating to a word that is part of a categorical proposition but is not a term, as all, some, is.
  2. Contemporary Logic. of or relating to a word or symbol that has no independent meaning and acquires meaning only in the context of other words or symbols, as the symbol ( or the word of.Compare term(def 9).
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Origin of syncategorematic

1820–30; < Late Latin syncatēgorēmat-, stem of syncatēgorēma part of a discourse that needs another word to become fully intelligible (see syn-, categorematic) + -ic
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Historical Examples of syncategorematic

  • A word that can only form part of a term is Syncategorematic.

    Logic, Inductive and Deductive

    William Minto

  • A nice point is whether the Adjective is categorematic or syncategorematic.

  • Thus words are classified as Categorematic or Syncategorematic.


    Carveth Read

British Dictionary definitions for syncategorematic


  1. philosophy applying to expressions that are not in any of Aristotle's categories, but form meaningful expressions together with them, such as conjunctions and adverbs
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