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

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 How to pronounce linguistically (audio) \ 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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Most students selected to attend the High School Journalism Institute have linguistic, cultural or socioeconomic backgrounds that differ from those that predominate Oregon school systems., "‘One of the best weeks’: High School Journalism Institute underway at Oregon State," 13 July 2019 As many as a million Uighurs have been forced into re-education and labor camps, which doesn’t sit well with Kazakhs, many of whom share cultural, linguistic and religious ties with the Uighurs. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "A Spy Case Exposes China’s Power Play in Central Asia," 10 July 2019 For centuries, based on linguistic and archaeological evidence, researchers thought chocolate originated in Mexico or Central America about 4,000 years ago. 3. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About Chocolate," 20 Feb. 2019 But humans are complex, and labels are simplistic—our imperfect-but-necessary linguistic methods for translating that complexity into words. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "How I Travel Abroad as a Vegetarian Without Losing My Mind," 3 July 2019 These presidents illustrate an alternative version of the American Dream, in which a remarkable range of backgrounds all lead to the same linguistic destination. Peter Hessler, Time, "The Case for Embracing Linguistic Identities," 27 June 2019 And children do love how the books represent linguistic misunderstandings, which makes sense. Sarah Blackwood, The New Yorker, "The Secret Rebellion of Amelia Bedelia, the Bartleby of Domestic Work," 10 June 2019 Our most vulnerable populations, who face cultural and linguistic barriers, and the nearby mental health facility’s residents, who make trips several times a day to the library, will be hurt the most. Elizabeth Koehler-pentacoff, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Contra Costa’s bait and switch on Pleasant Hill library," 5 June 2019 Now, being asked to print and deposit a large check from an unknown individual who exhibited some very peculiar linguistic quirks gave my brain the dope-slap needed to persuade it to pay full attention to the situation. Lee H. Goldberg, Ars Technica, "“WHAT HAPPENED????” How a remote tech writing gig proved to be an old-school scam," 2 June 2019

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First Known Use of linguistic

1825, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of linguistic

: of or relating to language or linguistics

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an act or instance of editing or removing

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