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lexical

Syllabification: lex·i·cal
Pronunciation: /ˈleksək(ə)l
 
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Definition of lexical in English:

adjective

1Of or relating to the words or vocabulary of a language: lexical analysis
More example sentences
  • Further it is hypothesized that there are different formulators for each language, while there is one lexicon where lexical elements from different languages are stored together.
  • In terms of lexical category ambiguity, languages do differ in the extent to which their word-forms are specialized for syntactic function.
  • Nevertheless, there is an inverse correlation between the lexical expansion of a language and the iconicity of its grammar.
1.1Relating to or of the nature of a lexicon or dictionary: a lexical entry
More example sentences
  • WordNet is a big lexical dictionary heavily used by this community for creation of natural language systems.
  • Rather, inadequate phonological information is available for a greater proportion of such children's lexical entries.
  • The phonological output lexicon stores pronunciations corresponding to all the spoken words known to the reader, also in the form of lexical entries.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Greek lexikos 'of words' (from lexis 'word') + -al.

Derivatives

lexically

1
Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • I get the feeling that Harry must be lexically challenged, because ‘insulting’ cannot have been the word he was looking for.
  • The script itself could almost read as a short story, and lexically, Walsh hasn't shied an inch.
  • Morphologically and lexically Louisiana Creole resembles Saint-Domingue Creole, although there is evidence that Louisiana Creole was well established by the time Saint-Domingue refugees arrived in Louisiana.

Words that rhyme with lexical

indexical

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