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phrasal Syllabification: phras·al
Pronunciation: /ˈfrāzəl/

Definition of phrasal in English:


[attributive] Grammar
Consisting of a phrase or phrases: the text fragments itself into phrasal units
More example sentences
  • The usual sorts of discourse relationships exist among the phrases, but very little of this structure is encoded by phrasal embedding within sentences.
  • I have a problem, too, with Bill's suggestion that the meaning of ‘under God’ should be clear here even if the phrase is a hapax legomenon, since phrasal meaning is compositional.
  • Did this expression emerge into common use during the 17th century, and stay in the phrasal vocabulary of the English language to this day, without any authoritative model at all?



Example sentences
  • The older the primary source the more likely it will need phrasal attribution; classical sources should always be phrasally attributed, for example.
  • Along the same lines, prosodically prominent elements (either phrasally or lexically stressed), tend to be longer, louder and articulated with more care.

Words that rhyme with phrasal

appraisal, hazel, nasal

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