sty·lis·tic | \ stī-ˈli-stik \

Definition of stylistic 

: of or relating especially to literary or artistic style

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stylistically \stī-ˈli-sti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of stylistic in a Sentence

There are a number of stylistic changes in the new car. stylistic differences among various writers

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Zay introduces new stylistic tics, mostly referencing the flashy energy of early-2000s ATL rap into his beats, and Future consumes them effortlessly and adjusts on the fly. Will Schube, Billboard, "Zaytoven and Future Are Just Like Bruddas on 'Beast Mode 2'," 9 July 2018 Previous Chicago outings gave a good idea of the German-Canadian’s stylistic range: from Bernard Rands to Franz Joseph Haydn and Edouard Lalo. Alan Artner,, "In the heat, Moser, Grant Park Orchestra perform a delicate Dvorak," 30 June 2018 Like most stylistic shifts in jazz, the evolution was born of necessity. Marc Myers, WSJ, "‘Classic Brunswick & Columbia Teddy Wilson Sessions 1934-1942’ Review: The Peacemaker of the Piano," 13 Apr. 2018 Where chardonnay and pinot grigio are fairly neutral and predictable in flavor profile, sauvignon blanc has a dramatic stylistic range that can be quite forceful in flavor and is hard to predict from the label alone. Marnie Old,, "Great Wine Values: Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc," 2 July 2018 Made of Honiton lace, the gown borrowed stylistic elements from the Queen's white wedding dress. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Prince Louis's Christening Details: The Date, Venue, and What We Know About His Godparents," 20 June 2018 For all these stylistic differences, Mr. Powell has stuck to Ms. Yellen’s policy path of gradually raising interest rates. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Powell Puts His Stamp on the Fed," 14 June 2018 The result of style’s decline is visible in the McMansion, a house too large in volume for its lot, with a pastiche of stylistic elements decorating the exterior. Anthony Alofsin, The Atlantic, "A Defense of the Suburbs," 6 June 2018 Hip-hop culture has made its way around the globe, with millions embracing its stylistic elements but not the spirit of resistance and struggle from which it was born., "What The Rising Interest In Ballroom Culture Really Means For QTPOC," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of stylistic

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stylistic was in 1860

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: of or relating to style

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