para·​tac·​tic ˌper-ə-ˈtak-tik How to pronounce paratactic (audio)
variants or less commonly paratactical
: of or relating to parataxis
paratactically adverb

Examples of paratactic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ellis’ paratactic sentences compound the impression that life for them is just one thing after another. Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2023 Form and content never fit more hand in glove than in Doyle’s paratactic pilings on. Scott F. Parker | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 24 Nov. 2019

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'paratactic.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


para- entry 1 + -tactic, after parataxis (probably formed after German parataktisch or French paratactique)

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paratactic was in 1853

Dictionary Entries Near paratactic

Cite this Entry

“Paratactic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!