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synesis

[sin-uh-sis]
noun Grammar.
  1. a construction in which an expected grammatical agreement in form is replaced by an agreement in meaning, as in The crowd rose to their feet, where a plural pronoun is used to refer to a singular noun.
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Origin of synesis

1890–95; < New Latin < Greek sýnesis understanding, intelligence, equivalent to syn- syn- + (h)e- (stem of hiénai to throw, send) + -sis -sis
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  • Synesis, sin′e-sis, n. a grammatical construction in harmony with the sense rather than with strict syntax.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)

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British Dictionary definitions for synesis

synesis

noun
  1. a grammatical construction in which the inflection or form of a word is conditioned by the meaning rather than the syntax, as for example the plural form have with the singular noun group in the sentence the group have already assembled
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Word Origin

via New Latin from Greek sunesis union, from sunienai to bring together, from syn- + hienai to send
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