Definition of syntactic in English:

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syntactic

Pronunciation: /sinˈtaktik/

adjective

Of or according to syntax: syntactic analysis
More example sentences
  • Here's another case where it seems that a common syntactic pattern is a grammatical confusion.
  • As the main or only word in the noun phrase, it has the same set of syntactic functions as a noun.
  • In such grammars, conflicts among semantic and syntactic constraints are resolved in terms of ranking.

Derivatives

syntactical

adjective
Example sentences
  • In language, listeners build structure out of nouns, verbs and other syntactical elements.
  • I believe there is an integrity that is lost when a piece chosen for exhibiting masterful writing skill is chopped down to mere syntactical proficiency and stripped of its essence.
  • Where sentence completion is required, production of the derived form may be driven by various aspects of the linguistic context such as syntactical properties.

syntactically

Pronunciation: /sinˈtaktək(ə)lē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • The claim goes roughly as follows: collective nouns are syntactically singular but semantically (or ‘notionally’ in this literature) plural.
  • Well, there are no syntactically incoherent sentences, anyhow.
  • The result is more fluent prosodically, though incoherent syntactically.

Origin

Early 19th century: from Greek suntaktikos, from suntassein 'arrange together' (see syntax).

Words that rhyme with syntactic

anaphylactic, ataractic, autodidactic, chiropractic, climactic, didactic, galactic, lactic, prophylactic, tactic

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: syn·tac·tic

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