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
grammaticalness \ grə-​ˈma-​ti-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce grammaticalness (audio) \ noun

Examples of grammatical in a Sentence

That sentence is not grammatical.
Recent Examples on the Web German’s notoriously complicated syntax includes male, female and neutral grammatical genders. Washington Post, "A guide to how gender-neutral language is developing around the world," 15 Dec. 2019 Proponents of the rule treated it as a simple matter of grammatical agreement: everyone is grammatically singular, so requires a singular pronoun. The Economist, "Johnson Who do they think they are?," 18 Jan. 2020 To get a list of stored files, for example, one sends the command name GET with the folder name as a grammatical object, along with cryptically tagged information such as encoding-type, continuation-token, and x-amz-date. Charles Duan, Ars Technica, "Oracle copied Amazon’s API—was that copyright infringement?," 3 Jan. 2020 Shifts of grammatical mood and tense have palpable effects: much of the action takes place somewhere between the conditional and the inevitable, the needn’t-happen and the already-too-late. Lidija Haas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 28 Oct. 2019 Its first few vignettes are full of sentences that cast Jones as a grammatical object. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Saeed Jones’s Sensual Memoir of Race, Sex, and Self-Invention," 10 Oct. 2019 Trust a writer to take issue with a grammatical issue, sure., "Filling 90min's 'Room 101' With the Worst Things Football Has to Offer," 1 Oct. 2019 Since ellipses can note either the omission of content or when a person pauses or trails off, the placement of the grammatical devices left some critics to wonder about their meaning., "The White House on Wednesday released a five-page memo summarizing President Trump’s July 25 call with Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky.," 26 Sep. 2019 His memo made its way to the broadcaster ITV, which published excerpts on Friday, prompting a wave of grammatical discussion and political mockery that had yet to subside a day later. Palko Karasz, New York Times, "Jacob Rees-Mogg, New U.K. Minister, Greets Staff With an Imperial Edict," 27 July 2019

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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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The first known use of grammatical was in 1530

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“Grammatical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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