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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synchronous, abreast, coetaneous, coeval, concurrent, contemporaneous, current, existent, extant, instant, latest, mod, new, newfangled, now, present, present-day, recent, red-hot, state-of-the-art
Origin of synchronic
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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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