[ sin-tak-tik ]
/ sɪnˈtæk tɪk /


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.

Nearby words

  1. synovium,
  2. synpolydactyly,
  3. synroc,
  4. synsacrum,
  5. synsepalous,
  6. syntactic construction,
  7. syntactics,
  8. syntagma,
  9. syntagmatic,
  10. syntality

Also syn·tac·ti·cal.

Origin of syntactic

1570–80; < New Latin syntacticus < Greek syntaktikós, equivalent to syntakt(ós) ordered, arranged together, verbid of syntássein to arrange together (syn- syn- + tag-, base of tássein to arrange + -tos adj. suffix) + -ikos -ic; see tactic

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for syntactically


/ (sɪnˈtæktɪk) /


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
Derived Formssyntactically, adverb

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