- of or relating to syntax: syntactic errors in English; the syntactic rules for computer source code.
- consisting of or noting morphemes that are combined in the same order as they would be if they were separate words in a corresponding construction: The word blackberry, which consists of an adjective followed by a noun, is a syntactic compound.
Origin of syntactic
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Related Wordslinguistic, semantic, acceptable, allowable, correct, morphological, phonological, syntactic
Examples from the Web for syntactic
They are haunted by verbs, noun-substantives, roots, and syntactic passages.Dickens and His Illustrators
Frederic G. Kitton
Only at that moment did language gain a semantic and syntactic dimension (as we call them in today's terminology).
Henceforth, the new design no longer takes place at a syntactic or a semantic level, but is pragmatically driven.
Language use seems so natural that its syntactic and value-loaded conventions are not questioned.
But stress has done more than articulate or unify sequences that in their own right imply a syntactic relation.Language
- Also: synˈtactical relating to or determined by syntax
- logic linguistics describable wholly with respect to the grammatical structure of an expression or the rules of well-formedness of a formal system
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Word Origin and History for syntactic
1807, from Modern Latin syntacticus, from Greek syntaktikos, from syntassein (see syntax).
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