[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. syntactic,
  2. syntactic construction,
  3. syntactical,
  4. syntactics,
  5. syntagma,
  6. syntality,
  7. syntax,
  8. syntax language,
  9. synteny,
  10. synteresis

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

Related formssyn·tag·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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Word Origin and History for syntagmatic



from French syntagmatique (de Saussure), from Greek syntagma, from syntassein, from syn (see syn-) + tassein "to arrange" (see tactics).

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