[ sin-kron-ik, sing- ]
/ sɪnˈkrɒn ɪk, sɪŋ- /
having reference to the facts of a linguistic system as it exists at one point in time without reference to its history: synchronic analysis; synchronic dialectology.
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Related formssyn·chron·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·syn·chron·ic, adjectivenon·syn·chron·i·cal, adjectivenon·syn·chron·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for synchronic
/ (sɪnˈkrɒnɪk) /
concerned with the events or phenomena at a particular period without considering historical antecedentssynchronic linguistics Compare diachronic
Derived Formssynchronically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for synchronic
1833 shortening of synchronical (1650s), from Late Latin synchronus "simultaneous" (see synchronous). Linguistic sense is first recorded 1922, probably a borrowing from French synchronique (de Saussure, 1913).
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