linguistic

adjective
lin·​guis·​tic | \ liŋ-ˈgwi-stik \
variants: or less commonly linguistical \ liŋ-​ˈgwi-​sti-​kəl \

Definition of linguistic 

: of or relating to language or linguistics linguistic scholars linguistic changes

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Other Words from linguistic

linguistically \ liŋ-​ˈgwi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for linguistic

Synonyms

lexical, rhetorical (also rhetoric), verbal, vocabular, wordy

Antonyms

nonlexical, nonlinguistic, nonverbal

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Examples of linguistic in a Sentence

the age at which children begin to acquire linguistic skills

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Rather, students are viewed as possessing valuable linguistic, cultural, and literacy tools. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "How teachers of all races can better support students of color," 3 May 2018 According to their mother, in addition to their linguistic accomplishments, the three little royals are doing well overall. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Admits She's "So Bad" at Italian—But Will Make Sure Her Children Are Better," 30 Nov. 2018 Many in the predominantly French-speaking province consider immigration to be a process that dilutes Québec’s unique linguistic and cultural identity in North America. Fox News, "Canada struggling with illegal border 'crisis' of its own ahead of crucial elections," 16 Aug. 2018 The Air Force measures linguistic aptitude with tests to determine an airmen's existing fluency, or his or her capacity to learn another language. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Will Teach Computer Coding Like a Foreign Langauge," 13 Sep. 2018 Small, in-group languages tend to be learned in infancy, when the brain is astonishingly adept at learning complicated linguistic systems and large lists of exceptions to the rules. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Linguistic bots explain why big groups produce simple grammar," 5 Feb. 2018 Nearly all of the Indian subcontinent’s ethnic and linguistic groups are the product of three ancient Eurasian populations who met and mixed: local hunter-gatherers, Middle Eastern farmers, and Central Asian herders. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "South Asians are descended from a mix of farmers, herders, and hunter-gatherers, ancient DNA reveals," 18 Apr. 2018 The stories that really penetrate in this book, in addition to dancing us clean, marry linguistic fireworks with all the emotional meat that is behind DeWitt’s aesthetic mission, i.e.: Describing all that which words can never really reach. Brittany Allen, Longreads, "Getting Tricked by Helen DeWitt," 9 July 2018 How does one deal with linguistic bias on top of an already difficult juggling act? Sonia Rao, chicagotribune.com, "'What's up with that white voice?': The tricky art of linguistic code-switching," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of linguistic

1825, in the meaning defined above

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linguistic

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English Language Learners Definition of linguistic

: of or relating to language or linguistics

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