semantic

adjective
se·​man·​tic | \ si-ˈman-tik How to pronounce semantic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly semantical \ si-​ˈman-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce semantical (audio) \

Definition of semantic

1 : of or relating to meaning in language
2 : of or relating to semantics

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Other Words from semantic

semantically \ si-​ˈman-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce semantically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of semantic in a Sentence

the process of semantic development
Recent Examples on the Web Last month, reports emerged that the bill was being held up by semantic debates of the Act’s definition of lynching. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Vauhxx Booker Says Five White Men Tried To Lynch Him. Why Didn’t Indiana Police Do Anything?," 9 July 2020 Scott himself has sidestepped the semantic controversy. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Cornyn denies ‘systemic racism’ among police, drawing barbs from Dems and sparking feud with witness," 18 June 2020 Couples or siblings will always talk up their mind melds, and there’s nothing like an errant guess to test a relationship’s semantic mettle. The New Yorker, "New Yorker Crossword Constructors on the Best Games to Play While Social Distancing," 22 Apr. 2020 These differences may be more than semantic, according to the authors of the study, which was published Monday in BMJ. Elizabeth Cooney, Scientific American, "Male Life Scientists More Likely to Frame Their Work as “Excellent”," 17 Dec. 2019 These differences may be more than semantic, according to the authors of the study, which was published Monday in BMJ. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "Female researchers are less likely than men to frame their work with positive words, study finds," 16 Dec. 2019 In the 20th century, the prevalence of jockstraps in a variety of sports led to the word moving in new semantic directions. Ben Zimmer, The Atlantic, "Why Trump Wouldn’t Say ‘Jockstrap’," 3 Oct. 2019 The Sanders campaign drags us into semantic arguments. Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, "Democrats in South Florida Know Castro Better Than Bernie Sanders Does," 9 Mar. 2020 These differences may be more than semantic, according to the authors of the study, which was published Monday in BMJ. Elizabeth Cooney, Scientific American, "Male Life Scientists More Likely to Frame Their Work as “Excellent”," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of semantic

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for semantic

Greek sēmantikos significant, from sēmainein to signify, mean, from sēma sign, token

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The first known use of semantic was in 1890

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18 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Semantic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semantic. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for semantic

semantic

adjective
How to pronounce semantic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of semantic

linguistics
: of or relating to the meanings of words and phrases
: of or relating to semantics

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