[ sin-tag-mat-ik ]
/ ˌsɪn tægˈmæt ɪk /

adjective Linguistics.

pertaining to a relationship among linguistic elements that occur sequentially in the chain of speech or writing, as the relationship between the sun and is shining or the and sun in the sentence The sun is shining.
Sometimes syn·tag·mat·i·cal.
Compare paradigmatic.

Origin of syntagmatic

1935–40; < Greek syntagmatikós of a syntagma, equivalent to syntagmat- stem of sýntagma syntagma + -ikos -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM syntagmatic

syn·tag·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for syntagmatic

/ (ˌsɪntæɡˈmætɪk) /


of or denoting a syntagma
Also: synˈtagmic (sɪnˈtæɡmɪk) linguistics denoting or concerning the relationship between a word and other members of a syntactic unit containing it
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