gram·​mat·​i·​cal | \ grə-ˈma-ti-kəl How to pronounce grammatical (audio) \

Definition of grammatical

1 : of or relating to grammar
2 : conforming to the rules of grammar a grammatical sentence

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Other Words from grammatical

grammaticality \ grə-​ˌma-​tə-​ˈka-​lə-​tē How to pronounce grammaticality (audio) \ noun
grammatically \ grə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce grammatically (audio) \ adverb
grammaticalness \ grə-​ˈma-​ti-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce grammaticalness (audio) \ noun

Examples of grammatical in a Sentence

That sentence is not grammatical.

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Insistent that sign language needed to be a complete language, his system was complex enough to express prepositions, conjunctions, and other grammatical elements. National Geographic, "How monks helped invent sign language," 28 May 2019 Spelling errors and grammatical mistakes — whether blatant or subtle — should immediately raise suspicions. Cathy Cunningham,, "Column: A pop-up tells you there's something wrong with your computer. How to tell if it's a scam," 12 Apr. 2018 For grammatical reasons, this term has to be understood as a conjunction. Eric Ormsby, WSJ, "‘The Hebrew Bible’ and ‘The Art of Bible Translation’ Review: An Ear for Scripture," 15 Mar. 2019 Those who routinely slept six hours a night or less flubbed more questions based on spatial rotation or grammatical reasoning and left more tasks incomplete than those who got a full night’s rest. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "When It Comes to Sleep, One Size Fits All," 25 Oct. 2018 Ken likes to use Comic Sans font and, more often than not, his signs include a typo or grammatical error. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Cheated-on spouse wonders whether to stay or go," 6 Nov. 2018 To improve your conversational skills, Busuu has native speakers provide comments on grammatical exercises to help with both corrections and by providing you with cultural context, colloquial terms, and more. Sara Tardiff, Teen Vogue, "Solo Travel Tips for Women and Nonbinary People," 17 Sep. 2018 There was just simple statement from LeBron’s agency Sunday night that was direct, concise and so otherwise vanilla the only people squirming were English teachers due to a grammatical faux pas. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: LeBron's decision changes L.A., East ... and Heat hopes," 2 July 2018 In a world full of exotic grammatical mistakes, there are more complex and interesting things to tackle. Lisa Wood Shapiro, WIRED, "The End of Dyslexia," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of grammatical

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grammatical

see grammar

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English Language Learners Definition of grammatical

: of or relating to grammar
: following the rules of grammar


gram·​mat·​i·​cal | \ grə-ˈma-ti-kəl How to pronounce grammatical (audio) \

Kids Definition of grammatical

: of, relating to, or following the rules of grammar

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grammatically adverb

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