lexical

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adjective lex·i·cal \ˈlek-si-kəl\

Definition of lexical

  1. 1 :  of or relating to words or the vocabulary of a language as distinguished from its grammar and construction Our language has many lexical borrowings from other languages.

  2. 2 :  of or relating to a lexicon or to lexicography lexical methods aim to list all the relevant forms — A. F. Parker-Rhodes

lexicality

play \ˌlek-sə-ˈka-lə-tē\ noun

lexically

play \ˈlek-si-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Examples of lexical in a Sentence

  1. a dictionary provides lexical information—it tells you what the word cat means, not all there is to know about cats

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The Wordy History of lexical

The word lexicon can be used as a synonym of dictionary, and the word lexicography refers to the practice of dictionary making. Both of these words, as well as lexical, derive from the Greek word lexis, meaning "word" or "speech." A fourth descendant of lexis is lexiphanic, an archaic adjective describing one who uses pretentious words for effect. Lexis should not be confused with the Latin lex, or "law," which is used in legal phrases such as lex non scripta, meaning "unwritten law."

Origin and Etymology of lexical

see lexicon

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LEXICAL Defined for English Language Learners

lexical

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Definition of lexical for English Language Learners

  • linguistics : relating to words or vocabulary



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