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


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


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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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,, "'What's up with that white voice?': The tricky art of linguistic code-switching," 14 July 2018 Trenton State College provided me with a sociology professor who had researched the linguistic and cultural history of the hoagie. Thomas Swick, Longreads, "Letters from Trenton," 5 July 2018 Despite more than a thousand years of political flux in the region, Catalonia has long maintained its own unique cultural and linguistic tradition. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "Beyond the Headlines, Catalan Culture Has a Long History of Vibrancy and Staying Power," 25 June 2018 In February, Pope Francis backed down in a long struggle over a Nigerian diocese with priests who had refused to accept a bishop from another linguistic group. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Even the Pope’s ‘Supreme’ Power Has Its Limits," 29 Apr. 2018 Despite America's vast expanse and melting pot of different ethnic and linguistic influences, its geography is, by and large, pretty easy to pronounce. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "You're Probably Pronouncing These British Towns Incorrectly," 8 Jan. 2018 The initial recruitment of Navajo Code Talkers was approved, but the Navajo men would have to meet the regular qualifications for enlistment, go through the seven-week training and meet the linguistic requirements of both English and Navajo. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "Navajo Code Talkers created an unbreakable code. It helped win World War II," 11 July 2018 But after its overthrow and Eritrea’s declaration of independence, relations soured despite close cultural and linguistic ties. Paul Schemm, Washington Post, "Thousands cheer Ethiopian leader’s visit to former enemy Eritrea for unprecedented summit," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of linguistic

1825, in the meaning defined above

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: of or relating to language or linguistics

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