- 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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Examples from the Web for syntactical
"Parole in libert," words free from syntactical shackles are the words with which we shall fight the battle of the future.Idling in Italy
The cause of this variation in the force of the two beats is to be sought in the laws of the syntactical accent.A History of English Versification
The instrumental, locative and dative are mixed in one case, partly for phonetic, partly for syntactical reasons.
It coincides less closely than the cesura with syntactical and rhetorical pauses.
Less generally, the rhetorical or syntactical accent in the same way takes precedence of the metrical.
- 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 syntactical
1570s, from Modern Latin syntacticus, from syntaxis (see syntax). Related: Syntactically.
1807, from Modern Latin syntacticus, from Greek syntaktikos, from syntassein (see syntax).
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