lin·​guis·​tic | \ liŋ-ˈgwi-stik How to pronounce linguistic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly linguistical \ liŋ-​ˈgwi-​sti-​kəl How to pronounce linguistic (audio) \

Definition of linguistic

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

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linguistically \ liŋ-​ˈgwi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce linguistic (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of linguistic in a Sentence

the age at which children begin to acquire linguistic skills
Recent Examples on the Web Puzzles, whether mathematical or linguistic, were originally associated with cosmic truths and celestial communication. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, 28 July 2022 Despite the linguistic cues, Aquarius is an air and not a water sign. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 The content of the narrator’s mind is filtered through layer after layer of purely linguistic relations. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 25 July 2022 Gender-neutral language has scandalized linguistic purists. New York Times, 20 July 2022 Gender-neutral language has scandalized linguistic purists. Ana Lankes,, 20 July 2022 Voice data can be recorded, then analyzed using a combination of machine learning algorithms and human expert linguistic analysis. Fabio Gratton, Forbes, 19 July 2022 There are ways of getting around the linguistic narrowness and relativity of the terminology to get a better picture of the mental repercussions of the climate crisis. Wired, 12 July 2022 Their contents are crowdsourced but also formalized, the language doctors use generating the linguistic rules, which are then enforced by whoever’s paying the bills. Eric Boodman, STAT, 12 July 2022 See More

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1825, in the meaning defined above

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2 Aug 2022

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“Linguistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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