syn·​cat·​e·​gor·​e·​mat·​ic | \ ˌsin-ˌka-tə-ˌgȯr-ə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce syncategorematic (audio) , -ˌgȯr-ē- \

Definition of syncategorematic

: forming a meaningful expression only in conjunction with a denotative expression (such as a content word) logical operators and function words are syncategorematic

Other Words from syncategorematic

syncategorematically \ ˌsin-​ˌka-​tə-​ˌgȯr-​ə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce syncategorematic (audio) , -​ˌgȯr-​ē-​ \ adverb

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In ancient Greek logic, katēgorēma referred to something that was affirmed or denied about the subject in a proposition. For instance, in "the paper is white," "whiteness" would be the katēgorēma. Seventeenth-century logicians extended this concept, which they called "categorem," to cover the subject of the proposition as well. So, in the proposition "All men are mortal," mortality is a categorem and so is man. But what about all? Words like all that signify quantity (as well as words that function as adverbs, prepositions, or conjunctions) are syncategoremata - that is, they are words that have meaning in propositions only when used in conjunction "with" other words. (Syn- means "with.")

First Known Use of syncategorematic

1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for syncategorematic

Late Latin syncategoremat-, syncategorema syncategorematic term, from Greek synkatēgorēma, from synkatēgorein to predicate jointly, from syn- + katēgorein to predicate — more at category

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“Syncategorematic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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