- 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.
Origin of synchronic
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Related Words for synchronicallysimultaneously, mutually, together, accordingly, cooperatively, collectively, unitedly, jointly, closely, agreeably, alike, combined, inextricably, intimately, similarly, concurrently, coincidentally, companionably, concomitantly, harmoniously
- concerned with the events or phenomena at a particular period without considering historical antecedentssynchronic linguistics Compare diachronic
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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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