Definition of general semantics in English:

general semantics

Syllabification: gen·er·al se·man·tics


[usually treated as singular]
A system of linguistic philosophy developed by Alfred Korzybski (1879–1950), which explores the arbitrary nature of words and symbols and attempts to refine ways of using language.
More example sentences
  • Korzybski, after defined time-binding, developed general semantics, a philosophy based on modern science that understands implicitly the important of language, knowledge and time.
  • But did you know that the quintessentially American gesture of wagging pairs of fingers in the air as if putting quotes around spoken words derives from general semantics - the term and the discipline that originated with A. Korzybski?
  • Again, there's some more general semantics (‘the X that S’ where X might not normally take a definite article), and maybe something extra.

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